Explorit: Science meets art in new exhibition

By From page A3 | March 22, 2013

The dust is beginning to settle at Explorit Science Center as we put the finishing touches on our latest exhibition, “Beautiful World: Science and Art.” Join us on Monday as we reveal a dynamic new exploration of the moments in our everyday lives when science and art collide. We will be open for spring break starting Monday and continuing through Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

Our exhibit hall will be transformed into an interactive art gallery showcasing the work of local artists and featuring hands-on activities to investigate how art and science work together. If you are interested in displaying your own work of art as part of our exhibition, please email [email protected] for all the details and a submission form.

Cruise by our ever-popular spin table to discover how speed affects perception by experimenting with multi-colored ping-pong balls. Or check out the physics of balance and friction by creating a free-standing rock sculpture. How could such forces affect a dancer or a sculptor?

How do painters mix colors to find just the right shade? Can you always trust what your eyes show you? Delve into these and other questions while experimenting with the colors of light, optical illusions and more.

Be dazzled by the optical illusions built into the exhibition. What do you see on our ceiling? Black boxes, gray dots or something else?

Challenge your perception and explore your creative side with us this spring and summer. “Beautiful World: Science and Art” will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays starting next week and continuing through Aug. 31. The exhibit also will be open on selected holidays.

Explorit admission is $5 per person; children 2 and under, teachers and members are free.

Our resident reptiles and cockroaches will be on hand to greet visitors, and the youngest guests won’t want to miss the Discovery Den, a hands-on exploration area designed just for children 5 and under. And there’s always something new happening in our Challenge Center where you can transform recycled materials into a car, a bridge or a helicopter!

Explorit’s coming events:

* Summer camp volunteer recruitment: Explorit is seeking volunteers from now through May 10 to assist with activities during summer camps. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Those interested should email Lisa at [email protected] for more information and a volunteer application.

* Don’t miss NanoDays, coming to Explorit’s Challenge Center March 30 through April 7, free with paid admission to the exhibition. NanoDays investigates the science and technology of the smallest stuff on Earth. It’s the biggest event for the smallest science!

— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191, visit www.explorit.org, “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow it on Twitter at @ExploritScience

Lisa Justice

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