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Hallmark Museum Opens "Silk Road and The Great Wall" on Sept. 27

Legend and history come to life through the eyes of National Geographic Photographer Michael Yamashita in his "Silk Road and The Great Wall," exhibit which opens September 27, 2007 at Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography. Yamashita's lively documentary style portrays an Asian World that is vivid, at times mysterious, and seemingly exotic to a western eye.

Following in the footsteps of 13th-century entrepreneur Marco Polo and 15th-century explorer Zheng He, modern-day adventurer Yamashita traces remnants of the ancient world in modern times. The exhibit continues through Sunday, December 16, 2007.

An Artists' Reception, with live music, hors d'oeuvres and book signing will be held at the museum from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29. Extra hours for viewing are offered on this date from 5-7 p.m. An Artist's Talk by Yamashita, with slide presentation, will be held from 7:30-8:45 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Hallmark Institute of Photography Educational Center, Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; seating begins at 7:15 p.m. Refreshments and a book signing follow the talk.

Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography is located at 85 Avenue A, downtown Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.