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Rockwell revisits colorful history of cartoons

Rockwell revisits colorful history of cartoons

At the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, you can skip down memory lane with a...
Rockwell revisits colorful history of cartoons
This drawing, showing an early version of the characters for the popular animated series 'The Flintstones,' is part of the exhibit 'Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning' at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Who was your favorite cartoon character when you were growing up?

Was it Fred Flintstone? Huckleberry Hound? Scooby-Doo?

For me, it was Yogi, the “smarter than the average bear” who lived in Jellystone Park.

At the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, you can skip down memory lane with a visit to a new exhibit, “Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning.”

The first museum show about the world’s most successful animation partnership, the exhibit looks at popular cartoons from 1958 through the 1980s, before cable TV, when Hanna-Barbera dominated the three main channels. It focuses on the golden years, from “The Ruff and Reddy Show,” their first TV cartoon in 1957, to “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” in 1969.

It tells the story of how William Hanna and Joseph Barbera activated a fading animation industry, adapted their products to changing audiences during their 60 years as partners and earned seven Academy Awards and eight Emmys.

Visitors will see original animation art, sketches, model sheets, photographs, archival materials, toys, an interactive installation featuring Hanna-Barbera characters and a video produced by the Norman Rockwell Museum, with commentary from veteran Hanna-Barbera animators.

The exhibit, which runs through May 29, includes programs for adults and children.

There will be three talks: “The Development of the Animated Short for Television” on Dec. 10;

“Full Animation VS. Limited Animation: How Are They Different?” on Jan. 14 and “Television Sit-Coms as Inspiration for Animated Programs” on Feb. 11.

Cartooning and animation workshops for kids are planned Dec. 26-29 and drop-in art classes are scheduled during the February winter break.

Sculpture at Opalka

An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday for “Gravity & Light: Caroline Ramersdorfer, 1985-2016” in the Opalka Gallery at the Sage Colleges in Albany.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the artist will give a talk about her work.

Ramersdorfer, who was born in Austria and schooled in Europe, lives in the southern Adirondack town of Wells but has exhibited internationally and installed permanent works in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

In our region, her sculpture has appeared in the Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood show in Massachusetts and the Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville.

“Gravity & Light” runs through March 2.

Free on Sunday

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is offering free admission on Sunday as part of the museum’s “First Sundays Free” program, which continues through May 2017.

Families are invited to spend the day exploring the permanent collection galleries and making gifts inspired by the exhibit “Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Collection,” which opens Dec. 10.

Reach Gazette reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197, [email protected] or on Twitter @bjorngazette.

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