ROCKLAND — Beginning Saturday, Nov. 27, the Farnsworth Art Museum presents the 16th annual Share the Wonder Celebration. This year’s Share the Wonder features a robust schedule of online family art activities, storytelling and artful videos inspired by select paintings in the collection; as well as the distribution of 200 multi-media art kits with art activity booklets and carry-all branded totes to social and community service organizations in Rockland and Midcoast Maine that are in need of assistance during the holidays. As part of this year’s festivities, the Farnsworth offers free admission on Sundays beginning on Thanksgiving weekend and through the month of December.

Starting Saturday, Nov. 27, and continuing through Thursday, Jan. 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum invites everyone to participate in its traditional Share the Wonder holiday festival. This year’s digital programming will be shared through the museum’s website, through its weekly Thursday morning Art Cannot be Contained newsletter, as well as through its Facebook and Instagram feeds. In addition, the many family-friendly art activities, inspired by works in the collection by artists David Driskell, Louise Nevelson, Rockwell Kent and others will be included in an art activity booklet to be distributed through local social- and community-service organizations as well as available for download through the Farnsworth’s website. Booklets and art kits will be shared through the Northstar program of Oceanside High School, The Landing Place, Finding Our Voices and the RSU 13 After school program, as well as other organizations.

“Cold Night, Falling Trees,” a 2005 oil and collage on canvas by David Driskell. Museum purchase with support from the Friends of the Farnsworth Collection, 2006.10

The museum’s festive decorations will include a tree in the Farnsworth library adorned with origami cranes made by the Prescott Memorial School students and community, as well as by The ChangeMakers of Camden, a student group that volunteers with community-based projects in the area. In addition to the tree, the museum will feature a hanging display of these origami cranes. The cranes are intended to bring a message of peace and happiness to museum visitors. After the holiday season, the Prescott Memorial School plans on bringing the hanging display to the Alfond Cancer Center in Augusta.

Museum visitors will be encouraged to write a “wish” message on special ornaments to hang on the tree, or to create their own origami crane in the Farnsworth library throughout the month of December. During Share the Wonder, the Farnsworth will also be collecting non-perishable food items for AIO Food and Energy Assistance in Rockland.

Share the Wonder at the Farnsworth is made possible through the generous support of the Wyeth Foundation, and of First National Bank. For more information on Share the Wonder at the Farnsworth, or to sign up for the Art Cannot be Contained newsletter, please visit farnsworthmuseum.org.