Friday, June 22, 2012

Out and About

I stopped by Spoke Art gallery last night and got to chat with the fine folks there about art shows, art books, and everything in between. Also got to check out their current show of Casey Weldon's highly entertaining work:

And how nice it was to see a table of books for sale in their front window--including one from my very own employer:

Last week I also stopped by the Randall Museum, shocked to discover there was a museum in the city I'd not only never visited, but never even heard of until a few months ago. 

Turns out that's because it's not a traditional art museum.

Although it does have this cool art/science piece, Windswept, on the outside of the back of the building, featuring hundreds of tiny free-wheeling compass thingees that move with the breezes.

But for the most part it's a children's discovery museum. Full of live animals (chickens! owls! starfish! honeybees!), stations to build block building and then make earthquakes to see if they fall down, a well-stocked puppet theater, and a toddler playroom full of toys and designed to look like tree-house. It was basically like getting to run amok in the biggest coolest preschool classroom ever. Needless to say, Mabel and the other kids I was with loved it.

image sources:
here, here, me, here, here, and here

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