This project is underway and slated for completion in 2022.
The "Bixby Collection" of marionettes represents the artifacts and stories of the life and work of Meredith Bixby. Bixby traveled the country in the latter half of the 20th century performing elaborate shows for school children and touching thousands of hearts along the way. The astounding craft and attention to detail in everything from the costuming and woodwork, to the performance craft, is apparent to anyone who sees the collection. Unfortunately, no one does, as the collection sits in a basement. There has always been a lack of funds or time to give this unique collection the attention it deserves and we aim to change that.
“I'm excited about all of the forward momentum that is happening now with Bixby [as a result of our partnership with CultureVerse]. We’ve had so many stops and starts in the last few years, and ever since [Matt] and Aubrey started working with us, it feels like we are actually seeing progress in our efforts to shed light on this collection Your insights and perspective have helped us to get the ball rolling in other areas, as well so that we can finally see ways to present and preserve the Bixby Collection.”
Katherine Downie, Chair Saline Arts & Culture Committee