The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas recently hosted its monthly Saturday Family FunDay, in collaboration with “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey”, an exhibition of drawings by Linda Williams Palmer.
ASC’s education coordinator led a colored-pencil drawing lesson teaching participants how to use line, texture and color to draw the trees around ASC’s building. Rob Beadel, the director of forestry education at the Arkansas Forestry Association, led the activity, “Tree Cookies,” during which participants looked at environmental and historical changes using cross sections of trees, or “tree cookies.”
In the ASC’s Tinkering Studio, visitors were given the opportunity to make a shadow box diorama out of paper and LED lights. In addition to those activities, AETN’s one-hour original documentary, “Champion Trees”, was shown in ASC’s theater. The film features many champion trees of Arkansas, as well as, Palmer’s project.
ASC’s second Saturday Family FunDay program seeks to offer monthly hands-on arts and science activities in which visitors create art, complete science projects, or perform dance, music, or theatre. Activities complement current art or science exhibitions. Activities are free and led by visiting artists, local art educators, and ASC staff. People of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Second Saturday Family FunDay programming is made possible by Mary Ross Taylor in honor of her father, Pinchback Taylor Jr., and a grant from the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation Inc.
Also on view at the Arts & Science Center are two temporary art exhibitions, “A Deep Sense of Place: The Arkansas Delta” and “Mud Pies and Other Stories”, and a temporary science exhibition from the Arkansas Discovery Network, Shaping Our World.
The ASC, located at 701 S. Main St., is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., and closed on Sunday and Monday. Gallery admission is free.
Support for the center is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibitions are offered through ASC’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
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