Exhibition displays local group’s history

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 11, 2002

Girl Scouts all over America are celebrating their 90th anniversary. In observance, Suffolk Girl Scouts Liaison thought that it would be a good idea to put up a display at the Suffolk Museum that would let the public know the important role that organization plays in the lives of millions of girls every day.

Linda Bunch,

administrative assistant at the museum, said, &uot;When Mrs. Cogswell was looking for a location to

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put on this display, she asked us if she could use our museum and I was just delighted. All displays at that time will be opened and free to the public.&uot;

Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of Girl Scouts, started the first troop in Savannah, Ga. on March 12, 1912.

The display to commemorate this day will be shown from Tuesday, July 16

through Sunday, Aug. 11. The hours at the museum are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and from 1-5 p.m., Sundays.

The exhibit will include the following items: Girl Scout uniforms, various handbooks that have been used over the years, badge posters, a scrapbook showing various activities Scouts have participated in, camping items, posters depicting the changes in the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and other miscellaneous items.

Visitors to the museum can also have the pleasure of experiencing a triple treat with the addition of

two other displays hosted by the Suffolk Art League and the Suffolk Museum, &uot;Art In Hand&uot; and &uot;Art a la Carte.&uot;

Forty-five examples of well-designed contemporary shopping bags will be on view in &uot;Art in Hand.&uot; Eileen Mott, coordinator of the Virginia Museum’s Statewide Exhibitions program, said the contemporary shopping bags are the result of a successful blend of form and function. She also said that although the design of an advertising device such as the shopping bags in the exhibit may differ from the design of a work of art, many elements are the same.

&uot;Color, shape, line, mass, space, pattern, light and shade are common ingredients of advertising and art,&uot; said Mott.

Other devices employed by designers represented in &uot;Art in Hand&uot; include abstract compositions, simple or elaborately contrived pictorial images and humor.

According to Mott, a well-designed bag can serve many purposes. It can convey an image consistent with the establishment it comes from and it can provide an image that reflects the consumer who will be carrying it.

Shopping bags will be provided by Champion Retail Packaging Co. and various retailers.

Two Twinkies on a gleaming black plate are juxtaposed with the Wall Street Journal and a glass of milk in &uot;Corporate Snack;&uot; a luxuriously excessive mound of juicy fruits overflows a silver bowl in &uot;Strawberries;&uot; a gleaming whisk is poised above a mound of cooked spaghetti topped by a raw egg in &uot;Mixmaster;&uot; and a lone fantail goldfish swims in the gumball-and-water-filled globe of an old fashion penny-candy machine in &uot;Unbelievable Color.&uot; These are among 22 contemporary posters showing the many ways artists have approached food as a still-life subject in &uot;Art a la Carte.&uot;

According to Kaye Cook of the staff of the Virginia Museum’s Statewide Education Resources Program and organizers of the show, each of the 22 posters exemplifies the inherent beauty of food.

Among other subjects are crayfish, a sliced green pepper, a partially-eaten Oreo cookie, a pile of watermelons, a display of tarts and three peaches.

&uot;Viewed together, these samples reveal much about the transformation of the commercial poster from a modest means of communication to a colorful and well-designed work of art,&uot; said Cook.

Additional information on &uot;Art in Hand&uot; and &uot;Art a la Carte&uot; may be obtained by calling the Suffolk Art League office at 925-0448 or the Suffolk Museum at 923-2371.

Additional information on Girl Scouts may be obtained by calling Dorothy Cogswell at 539-2562.

The Suffolk Museum is located at 118 Bosley Ave.