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Explore the Goldwork of the Art Nouveau Period during this Month’s "First Fridays at the Museum"

Catalina Island Museum

Start out the new year with an evening of art, champagne and gourmet chocolates during First Fridays at the Museum this Friday, January 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Each month the Catalina Island Museum provides a unique themed experience and an opportunity to explore its galleries, digital theater and Museum Store after hours.

This month the Catalina Island Museum is honored to welcome Tim Adams, an art historian and historical goldwork scholar. Adams will present the work of some of the greatest jewelers of the Art Nouveau movement: Tiffany, Fabergé and Rene Lalique. These artists used intricate goldwork to express their artistic vision. Adams will show examples of how Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs, enameled and jeweled brooches, necklaces, and bracelets created a unique and lasting impression on the art world.

Adams boasts an impressive resume. He regularly lectures on legendary jewelers at museums, international symposiums, and private institutions.  He trains docents, writes catalog essays, and has given numerous lectures for exhibitions of Fabergé, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Gems of the Medici.  In October 2016 he presented research on Fabergé smoking accessories, their styles and goldwork techniques, at the McFerrin Collection symposium in Houston.  In July of 2016 he gave a presentation on the influence of Asian art on the work of Van Cleef & Arpels at the Museum of Art and Science in Singapore.  He lectured on hardstone carvings at the International Fabergé Symposium in St. Petersburg Russia for the opening of the Fabergé Museum in 2014.  Adams is the curatorial consultant of decorative arts for the Bowers Museum in Southern California. He is also on the Board of Editorial Review for the Gemological Institute of America’s Gems & Gemology Journal for which he also writes book reviews.  He has taught art history at San Diego State University, and worked in the fine jewelry industry for 30 years with exclusive jewelers such as Tiffany & Co.

This month’s First Fridays event is directly tied to the museum’s current special exhibition, Art Nouveau and Graphic Art: The PAN Publications, 1895-1900. The exhibition offers visitors and residents alike the opportunity to view works by artists such as Auguste Rodin, William Morris, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat, Peter Behrens and many more.

Tickets for First Fridays at the Museum are $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Each ticket includes a glass of champagne and gourmet chocolates. Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the museum’s visitor services desk, or upon arrival at the door. Additional champagne, wine, beer and water will be available for purchase.

The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film. Open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, the new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: