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Summer Solstice Celebration at UW Art Museum

June 12, 2015
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Astronomer Ray Martin helps a visitor look at the sun through a filtered solar telescope at last year’s summer solstice celebration. (UW Art Museum Photo)

Public events including the annual summer solstice celebration are scheduled Saturday, June 20, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

The free solstice celebration is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., recognizing the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. Every year at exactly noon on the summer solstice, the sun shines through a solar tube in the ceiling of the Rotunda Gallery and illuminates the silver dollar that is set into the center of the gallery's floor.

The celebration will be the day before the actual solstice this year. Astronomer Ray Martin will have his filtered solar telescope set up on the terrace for visitors to safely view the surface of the sun.

Other events scheduled at the Art Museum June 20 include the family Saturday class, “Big Things Come in Small Packages,” from 10-11 a.m. This class occurs every Saturday during June, and each week students will have the chance to consider how artists use shape, pattern and color to create small but powerful images. The cost for these classes is $25 for the four-class session. Call (307) 766-3515 or email to register.

Cheyenne artist Do Palma presents the second in a series of artist-led workshops from 3-5 p.m. She is one of three Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship recipients to hold workshops in conjunction with the exhibition, “South Pass: Wyoming Arts Council Biennial 2015.” Palma will give a brief overview of Mexico's exuberant and reverent Day of the Dead celebration, and lead participants in creating their own mementos with paint, fabric and embellishments.

The final workshop of the series, “Exploring the communicative potential of fabric through needle felting,” will be offered Saturday, June 27, led by UW Associate Professor Diana Baumbach. These workshops are free, and materials are provided, but space is limited to 15 participants. Call (307) 766-6621 or email to register.

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

Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

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