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'Second Saturday Walking Tour' to focus on city's artists

Date: 11/11/2009

SPRINGFIELD The final "Second Saturday Walking Tour" of 2009 happens this Saturday, Nov. 14. It will be led by Gloria Russell, art historian and art critic, and will feature famous artists who've lived in Springfield.

One of the most famous of those artists is James McNeill Whistler, who lived with his iconic mother (and also his father) on Chestnut Street. Four magnificent works by Whistler are included in the Frick Collection in New York City. Whistler was the only American artist Frick included in his collection because his was the only artistic output that Frick felt was good enough to be among the old masters of Europe.

Come learn about what inspiration Whistler, Chester Harding and others got from our fair city.

As always, the tours run rain or shine. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Museums Welcome Center on Edwards Street and returns there around noon. Tickets are $5 per person, but free for AQCA and Springfield Museums members (just present your card at the desk for free admission). Tickets include discounted admission to the museums for that day.