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Brass Rubbing Family Field Trip
November 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
One event on November 5, 2017 at 12:00pm
Join us Join us for either Saturday afternoon on Oct. 28th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm OR Sunday, Nov. 5th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm for a docent led tour, brass rubbing activity and possible musical trio to play organ music during the tour.
Each year, mid-October to mid-November, the Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center resides in the Great Hall of Cassidy Castle at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach. The Center provides an atmosphere of medieval times where learning and making art flourish. The program describes the historic background and importance of monumental brasses as well as the colorful people they commemorate. We provide an interesting combination of history, folklore, and art, using one of the largest collections of monumental brass facsimiles in North America.
During a visit, you may choose from more than 100 reproduction-engraved plates of brass to do a rubbing. A trained instructor will provide rag paper, metallic waxes, and instructions for you to create your rubbing masterpiece. Hangers are provided for the finished artwork. Picture frame matting is also available at a minimal cost.
The center incorporates about 150 memorial brasses. The main attraction is for people to take special paper and drawing materials so that they can “rub” over the brass and create take-home art pieces.
“These are memorial brasses from the churches of England,” Mutke said. “Wealthy people wanted themselves memorialized so people would remember them for years and years. Little did they know that 500 years later, we would still be remembering some of these people.”
Brasses date back as early as 1200, but the majority come from during the 1500s. There are many different types. Some depict full bodies of knights and ladies. Others depict just a small design of what would be part of a much larger brass — saintly borders, animals, a coat of arms and the way the church looked at the time.