Michigan Live: Get up close with Saline’s Bixby marionettes in this new immersive online exhibit

Michigan Live: Get up close with Saline’s Bixby marionettes in this new immersive online exhibit. “Marionettes handcrafted by Saline puppeteer Meredith Bixby delighted children across the country through shows based on stories like “Pinocchio,” “Aladdin” and “Treasure Island” for more than 40 years…. During the past year, the group, CultureVerse, has employed cutting-edge 3D scanners to create ‘digital twins’ of a dozen of Bixby’s string-bound creations and recreate the interior of the gutted Saline Opera House, publishing their work in a virtual exhibit.” It’ll take a few minutes for the exhibit to load, but it’s worth it.

Preserving a legacy: Saline puppeteer’s work lives on through digital archive (MLive)

MLive: Preserving a legacy: Saline puppeteer’s work lives on through digital archive. “For a half century, Meredith Bixby and the Meredith Marionette Touring Company entertained school-aged kids with puppet shows throughout southeast Michigan and across the eastern United States….Nearly 250,000 people attended Bixby’s shows annually during his career from the 1930s to ’80s, with Meredith’s Marionettes performing more than 20,000 times during his career, making Bixby one of the most well known marionettists in the U.S. Now, a new interactive digital archive created by the Saline Arts and Culture Committee aims to bring Bixby’s legacy to life in a brand new way.”

WRAL: Museum asks fans of Kermit, Elmo to help pay for exhibit

WRAL: Museum asks fans of Kermit, Elmo to help pay for exhibit. “A museum is asking fans of Jim Henson’s Muppets to help pay for an exhibition featuring original puppets of beloved characters like Elmo, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. The Museum of the Moving Image launched a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday seeking $40,000 to help preserve the puppets for posterity.” These are Jim Henson’s puppet creations, not just the Muppets, if you’re wondering why Disney isn’t underwriting this exhibit.