SCRANTON — A new exhibition, “Wolves, Magic Mirrors and Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of Fairy Tales,” has opened in the Maslow Galleries at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., and remains open through Dec. 31.
The exhibition combines the museum’s natural science and historic artifacts collection with contemporary art to illustrate how archetypal fairy and folks tales continue to inspire and find new interpretation in popular culture.
Not only a source of entertainment, fairy tales have originated from all social classes for thousands of years to help people navigate and cope with the real world by teaching valuable lessons. They make use of elements people can identify with, such as quests, sacred objects, heroes and heroines, and creatures, in narratives that are rife with symbolism and deeper meaning.
According to a press release from the Everhart, “these stories have withstood the test of time, because they embody collective truths about how to transcend the human experience and work through inner conflict.”
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