The Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center in Long Beach will open Wednesday, Oct. 23 and run through Saturday, Nov. 16, and is celebrating its 27th year. Tucked inside a make-shift castle at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 E 7th St., the center offers visitors the opportunity to use gold, silver and copper wax sticks that, when vigorously raked atop etched markers, release their metallic content onto paper to produce shiny images.
The collection has been updated to accommodate 21st century tastes and touch-stones– some fun, some solemn. New pieces delve into the lives of the Mayans and Celts or reflect Chinese symbols, Indonesian tapestries and Day of the Dead traditions.
The center’s collection also includes a chain-mail vest, and, promised this year from the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, a reproduction suit of armor to be named in memory of a long-time brass-rubbing volunteer. A broad sword will also be thrown into the mix. Docents are on hand to bring old tales to life.
Cost for materials is $5 and up.
During its run, the center will offer traditional English teas, complete with sweets and savories, to accompany group reservations. Public hours are Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, and groups, by reservation, can schedule sessions Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Groups of eight or more can be accommodated on Sundays, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
The email address for reservations and information is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: St. Luke’s