BLACK • WHITE • COLOR • LIGHT: The Art of Rick Shaefer
& The Sun as Art: NASA Photographs
Through Monday, May 26

The science behind the perception of color is explored in this two-part exhibition. Colossal black charcoal drawings on white vellum capture the intricate details of two of our most precious natural resources: bison and trees. Artist Rick Shaefer, from Fairfield, juxtaposes the majesty and frailty of nature in his life-size renditions with an injection of humor from his crows: a cast of characters atop a fence.

Twenty stunning, full-color, high-resolution images of the star with which we live demonstrate the color spectrum of light. QR codes allow visitors to scan and learn more about the dramatic images captured by NASA scientists - some of which have been "modified" to suggest familiar forms and images. The brainchild of Dr. Steele Hill, a media specialist for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; the images showcase the incredible details of the sun in a unique way. An interactive light box allows visitors to mix color shadows with body movement to experience the range of color in the light spectrum.

The exhibition asks the viewer to consider the different ways color is created and how light influences what we see in black and white. Our world is awash in color and light, highlighted by the nuances of shadow, contrast and darkness. How does the light from the sun influence the way we perceive color? How is our imagination challenged by black and white imagery? These questions are explored in our exhibition, Black, White, Color, Light.
RELATED PROGRAMMING
Solar System Sundays
Sundays, March 30, April 6 & 27, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

After viewing NASA's images in our Museum Gallery exhibition, take a trip through the solar system and night sky in our planetarium! Programs have limited seating; doors will open 15 minutes before program start time. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Members: FREE
Non-Members: FREE with gate admission
Solar Power Superheroes!
Sunday, May 4, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for this all-new workshop exploring the power of the sun. Make a bracelet with color changing UV beads, create art using sun sensitive paper and fabric, learn how to make a solar cooker, and make a small solar-powered car to take home. Explore the science of solar cells and how the sun is a great source of green technology. We will even have a rare chance to look at the sun safely using our viewing telescope. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Program will be held in our Observatory. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $20 - 1 child & 1 adult
Non-Members: $25 - 1 child & 1 adult

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