Event aims to share history of Tableau Vivant, bring a painting to life

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BIG RAPIDS — A look at the history and a demonstration of a unique art form will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, during “Tableau Vivant: Bringing A Masterpiece to Life.”

Tableau Vivant is French for “living picture” and dates back hundreds of years as an art form. During the presentation, a group of costumed actors pose to imitate a work of art.

Presented by the Ferris State University Drawn to Art Organization, an arts-interest student group, as part of the 2018 Festival of the Arts, the Thursday event will explore the history of the art form. At the end of the presentation, the students will present their own interpretation of a famous artwork.

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