Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center and WonderLab Museum host art activities for March First Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2012

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center and the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology, located two blocks apart, will offer concurrent arts events for all ages, and joint summer camp and internship information tables on Friday evening, March 2.

An opening reception will be held at Ivy Tech Waldron for Youth Art Month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with light refreshments. For Youth Art Month, Monroe County Community School Corporation middle and high school art, selected by teachers, will be on exhibit. Four galleries will be filled with drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, stained glass, digital art, jewelry and other art mediums. During the opening reception, Ivy Tech Community College student volunteers will help kids of all ages create colorful fabric ornaments to celebrate WonderLab’s quilting-themed “Science of Art” program the same evening. Additionally, in the Treasurer’s Gallery, Aimee Denault’s printmaking art, “Unison to Disunison,” will be on exhibit. Youth Art Month exhibits and “Unison to Disunison” will run March 2-April 1.

WonderLab’s “Science of Art: ‘Sew’ Many Quilts” will take place from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. featuring Nashville textile artist Daren Redman, who is honored as an Indiana Artisan. She will be available to talk with visitors as she demonstrates a free motion machine quilting technique for “painting” images on a quilt. Visitors will be able to engage in a number of related activities that draw the connections between art and science. These activities include sewing a shibori-dyed fabric small tote bag or Capri Sun pouch coin purse to take home and trying several hands-on activities that delve into the quilter’s world of mathematics, chemistry, and engineering. In addition, the first 100 visitors will receive a free Fractiles set with 21 pieces (limit: one set per family or couple). Lead sponsorship for WonderLab’s “Science of Art” program series is provided by F. Rudolf Turner, with additional grant support from the BEAD Arts Partner Grant Program, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. The current art exhibition on display at WonderLab is “Sassy Quilting by Shiisa Quilts Staff.”

Half-price general admission ($3.50) will be in effect during WonderLab’s extended evening hours, and a small plate meal of macaroni and cheese, sugar snap peas, and whole wheat bread prepared by Bloomingfoods Deli will be available to purchase on-site at the museum. WonderLab is located at 308 West Fourth Street. For more information, call 812-337-1337 ext. 25 or go online to wonderlab.org or WonderLab’s Facebook page.

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at 122 S. Walnut Street. For more information call (812) 330-4400 or visit www.ivytech.edu/waldron.

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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