MILWAUKEE (November 22, 2011) - The Harley-Davidson Museum® will be one of the best destinations in Milwaukee this holiday season as it hosts its first-ever Blazin’ Yule celebration. Visitors will have several chances to get into the holiday spirit through an extensive lineup of holiday activities for everyone, young and old. In addition, visitors can enjoy the spirit of giving by showing their support for Milwaukee’s Arts @ Large organization through fundraising activities during the celebration.

Holiday Sculpture Walk
Nov. 25 – Jan. 6

The Harley-Davidson Museum campus will be transformed by a grove of holiday trees that have been sculpted with inspiration and imagination from a range of traditional and modern media by local artists. Holiday revelers can vote for their favorite holiday tree as well as make a bid to support Milwaukee’s Arts @ Large.

The artists were selected through a jury process in mid-September. Harley-Davidson’s Frank Savage and Melvina Kleverova Zilliox and Milwaukee Artist Resource Network's Melissa Musante juried the proposals to determine seven final invitations. The participating artists are Carrie Chimenti (Milwaukee), Tammy Easton (Racine), Qaiyim El-Amin (Milwaukee), Gregory Juris (Germantown), John Kowalczyk (Milwaukee), Brady Lueck (Burlington) and Kendall Polster (Milwaukee).

A silent auction for each sculpture will take place throughout the exhibition with proceeds being split between the artist and Arts @ Large.

 

Blazin’ Yule Public Participation Sculpture
Nov. 25, 11 a.m. – 4p.m.
Dec. 2, 4:30-8 p.m.
Dec. 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Inspired by the lore of the biker bell, artist Brock Rumohr will create an eight-foot bell-shaped sculpture of motorcycle parts for the Museum lobby. Museum visitors can meet Brock and help him in creating a unique addition to the sculpture.

 

Yuletide Ride
Nov. 25, 3 p.m. ride staging begins; 4 p.m. ride departs

Riders are invited to decorate their motorcycles in their holiday best and participate in the inaugural Motorcycle Holiday Light Parade, which takes riders through downtown Milwaukee. Santa and his crew will also be there to help spread holiday cheer. All makes and models are welcome, and a $10 entry fee will be donated to Arts @ Large. Participants will receive free Museum admission and a gift with pre-registration. In addition, the Blazin’ Yule trophy will be awarded to the best decorated motorcycle. Register for the parade at www.h-dmuseum.com.

 

Black Friday Jam Session at Motor® Bar & Restaurant
Nov. 25, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Holiday shoppers are encouraged to take a break from the mall on Black Friday and visit Motor®for live music, food and blazin’-inspired hot and cold drink specials.Plus, visitors can warm up next to the fire pits that will surround the Museum’s hill climber statue just outside Motor.

 

Build a Gingerbread House and Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Children are invited to show their artistic flair and customize their own gingerbread house, plus have breakfast with Santa at Motor® Bar & Restaurant. The gingerbread house building is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for all children who want to drop in, no registration required. The cost is $15.95 per child, which includes all art supplies. During the same time, Motor will host a Breakfast with Santa. Call Motor at (414) 287-2778 for details.

 

Additional Blazin’ Yule Highlights at the Harley-Davidson Museum

  • Visitors who donate new art supplies for Milwaukee’s Arts @ Large will receive $4 off an adult or child Museum admission.
  • Visitors can purchase a tree or wreath from the Museum’s onsite lot and a portion of the sale will be donated to Arts @ Large.

 

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street in Milwaukee and provides a glimpse of American history and culture like you’ve never seen it before – through the lens of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The Museum is open year-round (Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.) and parking is free. For more information on the Museum’s galleries, exhibits, special events, tickets, and more, visit www.h-dmuseum.com.

About Arts @ Large
Arts @ Large is an innovative program that provides multidisciplinary arts experiences for Milwaukee Public Schools K-12 students. Created in 2001 as an MPS District program, Arts @ Large became a nonprofit organization in 2005 in order to build partnerships with the local funding community to provide additional needed resources for students, teachers and the artist community. Arts @ Large provides sustainable arts programming for MPS students and teachers while highlighting the essential role that art and music specialists and members of the greater arts community play in creating an inclusive atmosphere of classroom learning. For more information, visit www.artsatlargeinc.org.

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