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The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is offering special holiday hours and programs as a gift to campus and community.

The museum will be open over the university break as follows: Dec. 21-23 from 1-4 p.m. and Dec. 27-30 from 1-4 p.m. The museum will close Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The exhibition schedule includes "Camera Lucida," "The 1072 Society Exhibition," "Audubon Inspirations: Prints by Jane E. Goldman," and works on extended view from the permanent collections. Regular operations resume Jan. 3. Hours and a programming round-up are both listed

Museum education curators will host a Holiday Art Club on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5-8 p.m. Participants will make cards, wrapping paper and other art projects inspired by the season. Mary Slaton will also perform holiday music that evening from 5:30-8 p.m. The Museum Shop is offering a 20-percent discount on all regularly priced items from 10 a.m.-8 p.m that day. Holiday treats will be served by the Museum Cafe. Admission is free.

Over the years, Slaton has entertained with her extensive knowledge of popular music, and is known throughout the southeast as one of the region’s premier piano soloists. She is leader of the Mary Slaton Trio and coordinates the East Alabama Community Band in which she plays French horn. Mary holds piano degrees from Memphis State University and from the University of Montevallo. She teaches privately and at Southern Union Community College.

For more information, go to or call 844-1484.