New Mexico Museum of Art

Baumann Marionettes Take Center Stage This Holiday Season

September 27, 2012


Beloved Santa Fe artist Gustave Baumann, well-known for his wood block prints, also carved marionettes to entertain his daughter in the family’s living room at Christmas. Soon friends and neighbors joined this tradition, growing in numbers where it could only be accommodated in St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

On Sunday, December 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. the New Mexico Museum of Art will host the marionettes at their annual performance during the museum’s free Annual Holiday Open House.

Kids, sitting very close to the stage, can get up-close and personal with the magical Juan and Rosina, Miguelito, the burro, and of course, Warts, the rascally duende with a heart of gold.

The marionettes will perform two short plays for children of all ages. A children’s “treasure hunt” will find Freckles, Warts’ twin brother, hiding in the museum galleries. Enjoy a photo opportunity with the Baumann Santa Claus marionette who, in a reversal of tradition, sits on your lap to grant holiday wishes. Families enjoy arts and crafts projects, holiday music fills the air, and refreshments are served.

Free admission. For more information the public may call, 505-476-5068.

The New Mexico Museum of Art is located at 107 West Palace Avenue, on the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe.

High resolution images may be downloaded from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center here.



Media Contact:

Martha Landry, Special Events


Steve Cantrell, Public Relations Manager




Related Photos

Warts and Freckles Flying in the Air
Santa Clause, Chicken, Don Pedro, Lord Leffinghoop
Miguelito the Donkey and the Farmer
Freckles, Juan, Dona Mala, Miguelito
Santa Dancing

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