NYSHA Treasure Hunt Game Guidelines
At NYSHA we are starting a Treasure Hunt Game designed to inform you about our new exhibitions, showcase the wonderful permanent collections, and help you to learn more about the exciting special events held at both the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum.
Register to play by emailing us at email@example.com with the correct answer to the weekly Treasure Hunt clue. The answers can be found by searching on our Facebook page, our blogs, and on the website pages of both museums: FenimoreArtMuseum.org and FarmersMuseum.org and NYSHA.org
Sometimes the answer will only be available by actually visiting the museums!
Points will be assigned for each correct answer; in addition 1,500 points will be given for membership renewals, and 1,000 points for a new membership.
A new clue will be emailed to you on every Monday; the answer to the previous week’s clue will also be posted here on this webpage.
You must email your answer by Friday of the same week for your answer to count.
Updates regarding the number of members playing and highest score to date will be posted here. Occasionally bonus points and extra clues may be offered, and will be posted here as well.
Prizes of museum merchandise will be awarded, including an incredible Grand Prize of an intimate catered gourmet luncheon just for you and your five guests at the Fenimore Art Museum Café, to be enjoyed here on our lovely grounds.
Reply with your answer to this question to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: The annual celebration of the relationship between artists and landscape is a festival called “Art by the Lake.” Where and when is it being held, and what does the term ‘plein air’ refer to?
Answer: Art by the Lake is held on Saturday, August 4, 10-4 on the Fenimore Art Museum’s back lawn. Plein air is a French expression referring to painting "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. The paintings in the “American Impressionism” exhibit represent this style of “Plein Air” painting.
Question: Spellbound is a new exhibit at the Fenimore Art Museum. What is the focus of this exhibit? For what performance did Renee Flemming wear this gown?
Answer: Spellbound brings the flavor of the Met’s productions to the Fenimore through costumes, jewelry, watercolor drawings, video, and photographs, including the costume worn by Renee Fleming in Armida.
Question: The Fenimore Art Museum is presenting Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed, the first exhibition devoted solely to this American folk artist. What was the span of his career as an artist, and what form of art did he specialize in?
Answer: This exhibit presents over 40 oil paintings spanning William Prior’s career from 1824 to 1856. He painted portraits of primarily middle class Americans.
Question: Name the building in the village where the traditional militia muster and reading of the Declaration of Independence is being held on July 4th. Name the style of architecture of this structure.
Answer: Bump Tavern, it was originally built in the Federal Style.
Question: What is the date and theme of the Annual Benefit Gala, and where is it being held this year?
Answer: “A Magical Night” on July 13, 2012, Fenimore Art Museum Terrace.
Question: Name four children’s toys from the 1850’s that can still be purchased today.
Answer: Limber Jacks, Jacobs Ladder, Old Fashioned Flying Machine, Game of Grace, Nine Pins, wooden top, wooden pick-up sticks.
CLUE: The Cardiff Giant is an Archaeological Fraud, sometimes called “the greatest hoax of all time”! Question :When was he “uncovered” and where is he now?
Hint: farmersmuseum.org and thefarmersmuseum.blogspot.com/search?q=cardiff+giant
Answer: The Cardiff giant was “uncovered” October 16, 1869 and resides in the Main Barn at The Farmers’ Museum
CLUE: For 16 years, an exciting annual equestrian event is held at The Farmers’ Museum. What is this event called and when is it held this year?
Answer: The Farmers’ Museum 16th Annual Benefit Horse Show, June 10th .
CLUE: An exciting new exhibition American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life will open on May 26, 2012 - September 16, 2012. Name four of the American Impressionist masters that will be on exhibit.
Answer: Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, Mary Cassatt, Theodore Robinson, John Henry Twachtman, and others.
CLUE: What is the festival that highlights Haudenosaunee artisans, storytellers, dancers and interpreters, when is it held, and name the Grammy Award winning singer and composer who will be performing here. fenimoreartmuseum.org
Answer: Iroquois Cultural Festival, May 26 & 27 Fenimore Art Museum, and Grammy Award winner Joanne Shenandoah
CLUE: The exhibit: To Great Acclaim: Homecoming of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art has been newly installed at the Fenimore Art Museum. Over 100,000 visitors to enjoyed this show; name the four museums the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art traveled to.
Answer: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Dallas Museum of Art and Indianapolis Museum of Art all hosted the exhibit.
CLUE: What specific breed of animal is Seraphina (who lives at The Farmer’s Museum), and when did she deliver her newborn bull?
Answer: Seraphina is a Milking Shorthorn cow, her Bull calf was orn on Saturday April 14th
CLUE: What are the traditional Haida colors used on the Totem Pole and what mammal represents the artist’s family crest?
Answer: Black , red and natural cedar; the Black-finned Whale
CLUE: What are the dimensions of the Haida Totem, name the master carver who created it, and what wood was used?
Answer: The Haida Totem is 30’ tall by 4’ wide, it is carved from cedar by Haida Artist Reg Davidson.
CLUE: What story do the figures tell on the Haida Totem?
Answer: These figures tell a traditional Haida story of a raven stealing a beaver lodge.
CLUE: Name at least three of the animals on the Haida Totem.
Answer: Answer; Beaver, Raven, Eagle, Whale
CLUE: Where on the grounds is the Haida Totem located and when was it installed there?
CLUE: The Fenimore Art Museum is introducing a new exhibit - Between the States: Photographs from the American Civil War. What anniversary of the Civil War is this commemorating?
Answer: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, exhibition is now open
CLUE: Name the animal and type of fruit depicted on the fireboard in our folk art collection that was made in New Hampshire,1825.
HINT: www.nysha.org folkartcooperstown.blogspot.com
Answer: Bear and Pears
CLUE: What exhibit is in a twelve sided building and what is the carving of the official NYS shellfish? Name this “museum you can ride”, and name this shellfish.
Answer: The Empire State Carousel and the Scallop
CLUE: In the painting Eel Spearing at Setauket by William Sidney Mount, what type of animal is in the boat and where is Setauket?
HINT: www.NYSHA.org, permanent collection, Fenimore Art Museum, American fine art.
Answer: A small dog (or and eel) is in the boat and Setauket is on the North Shore of Long Island (birthplace of the artist William Sidney Mount)
Question #2: (500 points)
CLUE: In the Fenimore Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, there is a painting of a man named “Joseph Brant.” What is his Mohawk name?
HINT: Answer found at nysha.org, look in fine art collection.
Answer: Thayendanegea is the Mohawk name for “Joseph Brant.”
CLUE: What is Jack Wax, and at what event do we make it here?
Answer: Jack Wax is hot maple sugar poured over snow, featured at “Sugaring Off Sundays” in March at The Farmers Museum!
If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com or call Kathy at 607-547-1536.