Shelburne Museum unveils puppets through the ages

Photography by Jessie Forand
Sarah Frechette’s Mousie and set from “What the Moon Saw,” 2014.

Shelburne Museum is putting the finishing touches on a new exhibition opening Saturday that goes behind the scenes in the world of puppetry and storytelling.

“Puppets: World on a String” opens Saturday with a live performance at 4 p.m. of “The Auspicious Adventures of the Improbable Princess” by featured artist Betsy Tobin. A gallery tour of the exhibition with museum curator Carolyn Bauer follows.

The exhibit contains works of art ranging from 19th century marionettes to contemporary pieces by local and national artists such as Bread and Puppet Theater, Andy Warhol and Jim Henson.

Saturday’s performance is free with museum admission. Pre-registration is required at worldonastringopening.eventbrite.com. The event is in the Colgate Gallery at the Pizzagalli Center for Arts and Education. Exhibit runs through June 3.

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