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The cast of "Evening" poses as Maxfield Parrish's "A Florentine Fete".

The NMAI welcomes cast of the major motion picture "Evening" to view its American Imagist Collection.

The National Museum of American Illustration received a telephone call in late October from British actor, Hugh Dancey, requesting an advance reservation for himself and fellow cast members for a guided tour. The major motion picture,"Evening", adapted by Michael Cunningham (winner of the 1999 Pulitzer prize for "The Hours") from Susan Minot's best-selling novel, recently filmed in Newport for two months. The cast, including Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes, sought its chance to view the most American of American art in between shots.

The Museum Founders and staff were thrilled but not surprised that the NMAI's reputation as the best kept secret in the art world had reached Hollywood.

Above, the cast poses with Laurence S. Cutler and Judy Goffman Cutler (Founders of the NMAI) as Maxfield Parrish's "A Florentine Fete".

Starting from left: Sarah Viccellio, Stephan Sagmiller, Alison Pil, Claire Danes, Michael Cunningham, Laurence S. Cutler, Mamie Gummer, Hugh Dancey, Timothy Kiefer and Judy Goffman Cutler.

The Museum is open for guided tours by advance reservation only. Groups tours are welcome by reservation year-round. Tickets $25: Seniors 60+ and military w/id, $22, Children 12 & under not admitted. For more information telephone 401-851-8949 ext. 31 or www.americanillustration.org

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Lee Ann Scotto, Assistant to the Director, The National Museum of American Illustration-492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840. T:401-851-8949 ext.31- F: 401-851-8974- lascotto@americanillustration.org- www.americanillustration.org

The National Museum of American Illustration is a nonprofit independent, educational, and aesthetic organization. It is located in Newport, RI on Bellevue Avenue at Vernon Court (1898), a Beaux-Arts adaptation of an 18th century French chateau. It is the first national museum devoted exclusively to American illustration art. Illustration consists of original artwork created to be reproduced in books, magazines, newspapers and advertisements. ‘Golden Age’ paintings by such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, and 75 others are displayed in ‘Gilded Age’ architecture, creating a unique union of art and architecture- a national treasure. The Museum is administered by the American Civilization Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal to present the best possible venue for appreciating the greatest collection of illustration art; the most American of American art.

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