Public performance scheduled tonight at museum.

Storyteller Mary Grace Ketner presents a free public performance at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, coinciding with the opening reception for the exhibit Fairy Tales in Miniature: Russian Lacquer Boxes from the Lucy Maxym Collection, at 7 this evening. This event is hosted by the Friends of the MGMoA and is free and open to the public.

“The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, with the support of Allied Arts, is very pleased to bring this exciting cultural opportunity to Shawnee,” said MGMoA Curator of Education Donna Merkt. “Mary Grace will bring to life the enchanting tales that are exquisitely illustrated on the Russian boxes.”

Ketner has been telling stories for 20 years. Her repertoire includes folk tales from around the world. She has an avid interest in Russian folk tales and collects Russian Lacquer boxes herself. She is on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster. Her CD "Ghostly Gals and Spirited Women" received a 2010 Storytelling World Gold Award in the category of CD/DVD for Listeners for Any Age.

She is also an author with teaching experience in Language Arts, English, Spanish, and Special Education and work as an educational specialist in a museum of history and culture, Mary Grace understands the role of artistry in advancing a community of learners. In addition to her performance at the Museum, she is presenting folk tales at six area schools, including Shawnee High School, Will Rogers Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary, Bethel Lower Elementary, Tecumseh Cross Timbers, and Tecumseh Barnard Elementary.

These performances are part of the Museum’s Cultural Connections program, providing cultural performances free to area schools bi-annually. This season’s Cultural Connections performances are made possible through generous support from Allied Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, and National Endowment for the Arts.

The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located at 1900 W. MacArthur, Shawnee. Located on the campus of St. Gregory’s University, the museum is an independent non-profit organization. For additional information about the museum’s exhibitions and programs, please visit or call 405-878-5300.