‘Season’s Greetings: Contemporary Holiday Greeting Cards’ Exhibit Displayed at the Temecula Valley Museum

TEMECULA – The custom of sending holiday greeting cards dates back to the 19th century in England. Louis Prang created the first Christmas cards in America in 1875. While they originally showed mostly floral designs, his cards later became early portrayals of the holiday cards we typically see today. Greeting cards have become the most popular form of communication during the holiday season.

The Temecula Valley Museum will feature a temporary exhibit spotlighting a selection of contemporary holiday greeting cards by photographers from all over the U.S. and Canada from Dec. 3 through Jan. 22. The exhibit will feature images created by both professional and amateur photographers. Themes have been specially selected for the upcoming holiday season. Subjects will include traditional religious themes for both Christmas and Hanukkah, light-hearted interpretations of familiar Christmas subjects such as decorated Christmas trees, snow- covered landscapes and Santa Claus, and cards which make use of humor and clever word plays.

Some of the most appealing images include an enigmatic mirror image of the interior of the Church of the Madeline in Salt Lake City, Utah, by photographer Steve Clover of Pocatello, Idaho; several photo and silkscreen prints by Darrel Stuart of Logan, Utah, showing delicate silhouettes of trees and landscapes; a series of engaging photographs by Candi Foltz from Jupiter, Florida that feature her pugs gathered around the Christmas tree; and a beautiful vision of an angel by Magaly Hernandez of Glendale, California.

In celebration of the exhibit, the museum is hosting a Christmas Photo Party Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Temecula professional photographer, Shawna Sarnowski, will be on hand to take free family portraits. Come for a family photo, enjoy a hot chocolate bar and a fun craft for the kids, while viewing the exhibit.

Also, in keeping with Temecula’s Family First Theme, the museum will offer an area in the exhibit so valley families can post their own personal family Christmas cards. Spread family’s holiday cheer by hanging a family picture on the museum wall.

These images capture the essence and true meaning of the holidays and inspire a spirit of peace and harmony in all of Temecula. Without a doubt, the custom of sending greeting cards is an ideal way of remembering friends, both old and new, during the holiday season.

The Temecula Valley Museum in Sam Hicks Monument Park is located at 28314 Mercedes Street, one block east of Front Street in Old Town Temecula. For more information about this exhibit, please call the Temecula Valley Museum at (951) 694-6450 or visit www.temeculamuseum.org.

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