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UW Art Museum Hosts Star-Gazing Party Wednesday

July 8, 2014
Horsehead Nebula
Warren Keller’s “Alnitak and Horsehead Region of Orion” is among works that can be viewed Wednesday during the UW Art Museum’s star-gazing party. (UW Art Museum)

Music, storytelling, telescopes and art will blend together during a star-gazing party Wednesday, July 9, from 8:30-10 p.m. at the University of Wyoming Art Museum galleries and sculpture terrace.

“An Evening Under the Stars: Storytelling, Music, and Astrophotography” is part of the museum’s exhibition, “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography,” and is free and open to the public.

Astronomers from the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy and Laramie Astronomical Society and Space Observers (LASSO) will set up telescopes on the Art Museum sculpture terrace for visitors to observe the night sky. Visitors will have the opportunity to view constellations and enjoy storytelling that explores their mythology.

Live music will be provided by local musicians Gamelan Candra Wyoga, Angel Adams and the Suits, Lights Along the Shore and Nava. Art-making activities will be available for children and families in the Shelton Studio, and refreshments will be provided.

“Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” is among the first major exhibitions to explore astrophotography as an art genre and, together with its attendant catalog, present new scholarship in this rapidly evolving field. “Starstruck” presents the genre through a variety of subjects, from landscapes to deep sky objects, and includes historically significant photographs. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, Aug. 2.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

Through its Museum as Classroom approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. 


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