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Please remember us in the Kitsap Great Give event for non profit organizations.  This fundraising event is being sponsored  by the Kitsap Community Foundation.  Your donations to the Valentinetti Puppet Museum through Kitsap Great Give will be matched by local and national funds.  


On May 6, be sure to go to the   "Kitsap Great Give"  website and make your tax deductible donation.   



      Our organization continues to provide valuable opportunities for all by:

  maintaining a puppet museum, gift shop, tours, workshops, school outreach    program, hand-on kid's room and live puppet shows.  

     

                                      We need your continuing support to exist.

                  Thank you for your past and on going support.




                The Valentinetti Puppet Museum celebrates the art of puppetry through

                                        creative, historical and cultural experiences.


New exhibit opening March 7, 2015 

Will be on display until May


 New Acquisitions 2013 – A Curator’s Choice

 

2013 has been a year filled with filled with sadness as we have said goodbye to our founder, Marshall Campbell who died February 28t2013As a part of his passing a portion of his Palm Springs puppet collection was bequeathed to the Valentinetti Puppet Museum in Bremerton.  Included in this selection are some rare examples of puppets by University of Washington (Seattle) puppet program founders Robert Bruce Inverarity (1909-1999) and Alanson ‘Lance’ Davis (1909-1976).  VPM’s holdings of these two pioneers of UW puppetry, is the largest in any public collection.

 

The exhibit selected from the 101 items added to the museum includes a number of other puppets and related items from NW and Asia.   A highlight added to the collections is a splendid example of Burmese (Myanmar) puppetry.  PRIME MINISTER (Nan Yin Wun) represents one of the 28 officially approved puppet characters allowed to perform before the court.  Given to the Museum by Johnny Frederick, long time friend and former colleague of Campbell, sadly Frederick died this past fall.  

 

In recognition of the 20 years of devotion and volunteering at the Evergreen Children’s Theatre and Valentinetti Puppet Museum we dedicate this exhibit to honor Robert (Bob) Luckey.  VPM would not be able to exist without steadfast devotion and dedication of its volunteers.


 

 

          The Valentinetti Puppet Museum celebrates the art of puppetry through

                                        creative, historical and cultural experiences.

 


 

 The Curator Report

 The year 2013 concluded our 15th year of serving the central (West Sound) Puget Sound area. The year began with the exhibit "Ramayana : Diversity in South Asia" to coincide with a Seattle performance at the ACT Theater of the "Ramayana". During the summer-fall, the museum mounted the memorial exhibit "The Marshall Campbell Legacy" in honor of the founder of Evergreen Children's Theatre and Valentinetti Puppet Museum. This past December the museum mounted its first one-man exhibit featuring the work of Bill Jarcho, founder of Zambini brothers. During 2 weeks in December Jarcho borrowed the 10 foot tall street puppet "Pinocchio" which he had commissioned to create earlier in the year to entertain airline travelers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The museum exhibit, extending through March 2014, features 21 puppets spanning a period from 1996 to the present. Seattle's Wing Luke Museumof the Asian Pacific American experience has invited Bremerton's Valentinetti Puppet Museum's Curator and Seattle's Dimtri Carter of the Northwest Puppet Center to assist in mounting a puppet exhibit for their Children's Gallery. The exhibit is planned to open in July 2014. This is a wonderful example of cross Sound opportunities of showcasing our West Sound institutions and businesses.