Khaznat al-Faroun at Petra, Jordan. Photo taken by Calvin College professor Bert DeVries

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Lost City of Stone

News: April 1, 2005

Petra Ticket Sales Top 10,000

With the opening of its Petra: Lost City of Stone exhibition still some 72 hours away, Calvin College has passed an impressive milestone: 10,000 tickets sold.

The Petra Box Office at Calvin (616-526-7800 or 1-800-PETRA05) went over the 10,000 mark late in the day yesterday (March 31, 2005) and currently stands at almost 10,700 tickets sold for the monumental exhibition.

Calvin's June Hamersma, director of the January Series and Petra co-chair, says the early numbers are impressive and heartening.

"All along," she says, "we've said that Petra is Calvin's gift to the people of West Michigan and beyond. We knew from the first time that we saw the exhibition (in New York City) that this was an experience people would never forget. And we knew that it was both a great fit with Calvin's educational mission and a complement to the many outstanding cultural offerings already available in the area. So, to see people responding so enthusiastically before the exhibit even opens is very exciting."

Petra: Lost City of Stone is the most comprehensive exhibition ever presented on the ancient Middle Eastern city of Petra, and its creators, the Nabataeans. It comes to Calvin College and Grand Rapids, Michigan for the third and final leg of its U.S. journey from April 4 to August 15, 2005.

The exhibition first was conceived in 1994 by the Cincinnati Art Museum, which joined forces with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in a decade-long effort to gather the 200 exceptional objects that comprise the exhibit. Items on display include stone sculptures and reliefs, ceramics, metalwork, artworks in various media and other priceless artifacts. All are on loan from collections in Jordan and throughout Europe, and many are on display in the United States for the first time in history.

At a special media preview earlier this week Calvin welcomed Karim Kawar, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico.

Kawar was amazed by the collection of art and artifacts on display as part of Petra.

"This is truly an extraordinary exhibition," he said, "a testimony to the special friendship Jordan shares with the United States. It not only brings our two cultures together, but also strengthens the bond between the people of Jordan and the people of the United States."






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