Arts & Sciences Magazine Spring 2018 Edition

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Spotlighting volunteer, Ruthie Nickell-Cortes, and intern, Ryan Lowry


How Painting and Photography Switched Roles in the 20th Century



Art, culture, and romance flow through each of the venue spaces here at the Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art.




Beyond being Central Florida's premier art, science, and history museum, MOAS offers a unique location for special events, like the wedding featured on this month's Arts & Sciences cover. In this issue, we look at some of the ways in which the Museum brings people together for special life events, hobbies, and festivals. Cover image credit: Debra Eby Photography

The MOAS Guild Dives into 2018 with New Leadership

27 2018 MOAS SUMMER LEARNING INSTITUTE Program guide and registration form


From History Con to LEGO® Day, MOAS thinks big when it comes to events and festivals.



The summer of 2018 will bring about a celestial traffic jam, as the brightest planets in the sky converge after sunset.


Register today for the MOAS 2018 Summer Learning Institute! See Program Guide on page 27.

MOAS STAFF Executive Director ANDREW SANDALL RUTH GRIM, Chief Curator/Gary R. Libby Curator of Art ERIC MAUK, Curator of Exhibits MEGAN FINLEY, Curatorial Assistant ROBERT WOHLRAB, Curatorial Assistant JAMES ZACHARIAS, Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History NICOLE MESSERVY, Education Associate KELSEY HANSEN-KRAUSE, Group Tours and Education Coordinator SETH MAYO, Curator of Astronomy ROBERT CONSOLO, Planetarium Educator JASON SCHREINER, Planetarium Educator STEVE CONKLIN, Director of Finance DIANNE MORRIS, Finance Associate STEPHANIE MASON-TEAGUE, Director of Operations and Development MONICA MITRY, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator JENELLE CODIANNE, Director of Marketing and Public Relations ALEXANDRA MIDDLETON, Director of Sales and Special Events TORI CARTA, Rental Manager JOHN BRUCE, Chief of Security PATRICIA NIKOLLA, Guest Relations Manager BRANDON SHEPPARD, Facilities Manager Guest Relations Team MARK CARRUTHERS, Guest Relations Associate LORI HOEPFINGER, Relations Associate CLARISSA LEON, Guest Relations Associate MICHELLE MCARDLE, Relations Associate HANH NGUYEN, Relations Associate LISA SHAW, Relations Associate DORIS STRNAD, Relations Associate Maintenance Team DEAN CORMIER, Facilities Assistant ISRAEL TAYLOR, Facilities Assistant CARLOS ZELLARS, Facilities Assistant Security Team JUSTIN ALISA, Security LEE ASHTON, Security WILL FIGUEROA, Security ANDY GION, Security AUSTIN HARDEN, Security LINDSAY MCCALEB, Security AMANDA MITCHELL, Security ORLANDO PACHECO, Security ANGELO PIERCE, JR., Security ALEXIS ROMEYN, Security DORIS STRNAD, Security




A portion of the boardwalk in Tuscawilla Preserve after Hurricane Irma. Strong hurricane winds uprooted large trees that now cover the boardwalk, having smashed through benches, exhibit panels, and one of the pond overlooks.


Ever since we opened the new entrance lobby last November, the most common question I get from guests around the Museum, and indeed when I am out and about around town, is “So what are you doing with your time since the new lobby opened? You must be ANDREW SANDALL bored now!” I always smile and say that there is still plenty to keep me busy, but I often wish I could give them a glimpse of just how much we have going on here at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, and how much of that was also happening right alongside all of the construction projects. Trust me when I tell you that “bored” is not a word you hear thrown around here by the staff very often. Even though we are out of the construction business for the time being, we still have one or two projects that we need to take care of around the Museum. The hurricanes that came through the last two years, while not inflicting too much damage individually, combined to leave us some issues that we are now addressing. As you know, the boardwalk in Tuscawilla Preserve took serious damage from both storms and although we could work around the damage from Hurricane Matthew, resulting in only having to close a section of the boardwalk loop, the damage sustained from Hurricane Irma led to large trees smashing through the boardwalk all around its path, including destroying the pond overlook. This continues to be a long-term issue for us due to the logistics involved in removing a large number of fallen trees with limited access to heavy machinery. We are definitely making some progress on this, albeit slowly, with our staff finding solutions to some of the problems we once felt were insurmountable. Sadly, I cannot promise that the Preserve will be open again soon, but we will continue to work hard to find ways to make this beloved part of our campus accessible again. Another part of the Museum that was damaged by the hurricanes and has been suffering ever since, especially on rainy days, is the roof of the Root Family Museum. This is an area where some of our rarest and most important objects are housed so it has been a priority for us to find a way to keep them safe. The members of our facilities staff have performed. miracles to patch and repair the roof, but it has become obvious that to have the problem solved once and for all the whole roof will have to be replaced. This is now being planned to be completed before this year’s hurricane season and may

even be underway by the time you read this! Unfortunately, this also means an end to what some visitors may have thought was an avantgarde piece of modern kinetic art on display in Root Hall every time we had a rainstorm. Given the name, “Yellow Buckets Filling with Water” by our staff, it may one day be installed by our curatorial team as a real exhibit! Some of the most important “behind the scenes” work we have been doing is to really dive into the Museum's finances and find ways to safeguard the Museum for the future. The generosity of Cici and Hyatt Brown and the incredible donors to the endowment set up for the art museum have given us a blueprint for how to achieve long-term financial security. That particular endowment means that not only can we operate the Brown Museum to the level of service and quality a building and collection of that stature deserves, but that the addition of the second building will never be a burden on the organization as a whole. We are now turning our attention to the main museum and finally understand what is needed to operate the “new” Museum of Arts & Sciences now that construction is over. As you will be aware, money from the State is very much under threat and requests for support significantly dwarf the funds available. No longer can an organization like ours rely on hundreds of thousands of dollars in State grants as we did for so many years of our existence, and we must be prepared for these funds to never come back. An exciting plan to make us much more independent from this type of funding is in the works and I look forward to sharing more about this once we are ready for plans to be unveiled. In this issue of the magazine, you will see stories that also reflect ways that we are trying to increase both visibility and earned income for the Museum with social and educational events. We have put together a fantastic staff dedicated to providing a wide range of programs as a way of serving the community and finding ways to bring people to the Museum for the first time in a fun, social setting. We also have some amazing spaces available to rent for almost any kind of event, and a look at the master calendar shows just how much we have going on here. If you have friends who have never been to the Museum and may think visiting a Museum is not for them, then I will definitely recommend bringing them to a MOAS After Hours on the last Monday of every month where they can enjoy live music, happy hour drink specials including our fantastic selection of wines, and time to explore the galleries at their leisure. Hopefully, they will see just how amazing our museum is and will realize it is EXACTLY for people like them!


2018 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Melinda Dawson, President Linda Hall, Vice President Ellen O’Shaughnessy, Assistant Vice President Amy Workowski, Treasurer Katherine Hurst Miller, Assistant Treasurer Todd Huffstickler, Secretary Tom Hart, Assistant Secretary Bill Chapin, FAIA, Trustee Liaison Cici Brown, Past President Randy Dye Dr. Beverly Grissom, MOAS Guild Representative J. Lester Kaney Garrett Klayer, CPA Carl W. Lentz III, MD, FACS Rachel Samson Dr. Kent Sharples Allison Morris Zacharias

HONORARY TRUSTEES Miriam Blickman Anderson Bouchelle (Deceased) J. Hyatt Brown Alys Clancy (Deceased) Tippen Davidson (Deceased) Susan Root Feibleman (Deceased) Thurman Gillespy, Jr., MD Herbert Kerman (Deceased) Chapman Root (Deceased) Jan Thompson (Deceased)

GOLD Brown & Brown, Inc. Cici and Hyatt Brown Destination Daytona Beach Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences Halifax Health Spectrum Zgraph, Inc. SILVER Cobb Cole Daytona Beach News-Journal Daytona International Speedway Jon Hall Chevrolet Mastando Media NASCAR RLF Architects SunTrust Foundation BRONZE Bahama House Best Western Aku Tiki Inn Bomar Construction Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Gary R. Libby Charitable Trust Giles Electric Family Tom and Peggie Hart Ed and Pat Jackson L. Gale Lemerand and Jill Simpkins Elanor Murray Silversphere Stuart and Lisa Sixma David and Toni Slick

ABOUT THE MUSEUM ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES The Museum of Arts and Sciences is a not-for-profit educational institution, chartered by the State of Florida in 1962 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Museum collections and research include Cuban and Florida art, American fine and decorative arts, European fine and decorative arts, pre-Columbian and African artifacts, Pleistocene fossils, Florida history and regional natural history. Permanent and changing exhibitions, lectures, and classes highlight educational programs. The Museum houses changing arts and sciences exhibition galleries, permanent collection galleries, a gallery of American art, paintings, decorative arts and furniture, the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum, the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, the Cuban Fine and Folk Art Museum, a state-of-the-art planetarium, library, the Frischer Sculpture Garden, maintains nature trails in a 90-acre preserve in adjacent Tuscawilla Park, and operates Gamble Place in Port Orange. The Museum of Arts and Sciences is recognized by the State of Florida as a cultural institution and receives major funding from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Major Museum programs and activities for members, school children and the general public are also supported by grants from the County of Volusia, the Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Elfun Community Fund, and over 30 Major Sponsors from the community. MUSEUM HOURS: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday The Museum of Arts and Sciences is committed to the Americans with Disabilities Act by making our facility and programs accessible to all people. If you have any special requirements, suggestions, or recommendations, please contact our representative, Executive Director, Andrew Sandall, at 386.255.0285. If you prefer, you may contact the Cultural Council of Volusia County representative at 386.257.6000, or the Division of Cultural Affairs, The Capitol, Tallahassee 850.487.2980, or TT 850.488.5779.

Executive Director Emeritus Gary R. Libby Sponsor of the MOAS Portable Planetarium

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Ruthie Nickell-Cortes

Ruthie has been a MOAS volunteer since November 2014 and currently volunteers as a docent at Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Born in Kentucky, Ruthie earned a Master’s degree in education and became an educator, working for the Volusia County School District until retirement. During her teaching career, she visited MOAS annually with her students on field trips. With her class, she excitedly toured the galleries, listened to presentations in the Planetarium, and visited the diverse ecological systems of Gamble Place in Port Orange. It was those experiences that motivated Ruthie to seek out the wonderful role as a volunteer after her retirement. Ruthie and her husband, Art, have one daughter and all enjoy traveling to, and visiting diverse sites and museums. They have been able to tour the major art museums in the world including the Hermitage and the Louvre. As a docent at the Brown Museum, Ruthie’s goal is to help guests gain insight on Florida’s diverse natural history and delicate ecosystems through the collection. “It is always a joy to hear how much guests have learned from a tour and their delight to see this jewel of a museum in our community,” Ruthie said. In Ruthie’s spare time she enjoys gardening, dining out with friends, and playing with her family's two Maltese puppies. She also volunteers with the Florida Long-Term Care Program and is a certified Ombudsman.


Ryan Lowry

Ryan was raised in Port Orange, FL for the past twenty-one years and graduated from Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach, FL. He received an Associate of Arts in History and graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelors in Mandarin Chinese and a Minor in History. He is currently working on a Master’s Degree in History from American Military University and is set to graduate in 2019. He currently works for the Art and History Museum in Maitland while also interning for the Museum of Arts & Sciences. At MOAS he gives tours of the various exhibits including the Prehistory of Florida Gallery and the Root Family Museum. He also conducts fossil demonstrations with different groups at Rose Bay a few times during the week to discuss the importance of paleontology. In Ryan’s spare time, he maintains a 7,000 piece World War II collection which began when he was in 7th grade and is still growing. Using these pieces of history, he teaches about World War II history at local historical societies and participates in major history events where he can share his passion with others. He also has used the collection to create a company that he manages called Patriot Preservation LLC, which will run a traveling museum of World War II artifacts around the state and eventually around the country. He has really valued his experience interning at MOAS because it has given him a first-hand look at how museums work in depth and puts him closer to his life goal of running a museum. 6 ARTS & SCIENCES MAGAZINE





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By RUTH GRIM, Chief Curator/Gary R. Libby Curator of Art


How Painting and Photography Switched Roles in the 20th Century


It is hard to over-estimate the influence of photography on the development of art since the 19th century. Although camera obscura image projection had been known since ancient times, 1839 marks the year photography was introduced to the public through the daguerreotype, the first photographic process to require

only minutes to achieve an image. Soon photographers were turning their cameras towards all types of subject matter, making simple but significant discoveries about animal locomotion such as through the work of Eadweard Muybridge (fig. 2) but also understanding that photography could now much more quickly and thoroughly capture images such as landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes (fig. 1) which had beenn long reserved for painting, drawings, and prints.


astering this new technology took many years of experimentation and growth. Most photographers in the mid-19th century approached this new medium from a scientific viewpoint rather than an artistic one as they attempted to grasp the nuances of mechanized reactions of light and chemicals. But it did not take long before the artistic effects of photography caught their attention and the beauty of atmosphere, or sfumato as it is called when referring to Renaissance masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, created a movement called Pictorialism.

“artistic” in the traditional sense of the word. Many of the 20th century’s most important photographers including Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), Edward Steichen (1876-1973), Edward Weston (1886-1958), and Paul Strand (1890-1976) began their careers as Pictorialists.

The years 1885 to 1915 represent the height of this movement which generally refers to a style in which the photographer manipulates what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph to create an evocative image that seems to capture a mood or feeling rather than merely record something. For the Pictorialist, a photograph, like a painting, drawing, or engraving, was a way of projecting emotion, feeling, and poetry (fig. 3). This was new territory for the young field of photography and it quickly took hold with a public hungry for imagery both “modern” in technique yet

Fig. 3) Clarence H. White, American 1871-1925, Morning, 1905, platinum print

Fig. 1) Roger Fenton, British, 1819–1869, Fruit and Flowers, 1860, albumen print, National Gallery of Art Fig. 2) Eadweard Muybridge, British, 1830-1904, Horse in Motion, c. 1886, black and white photography

Fig.4) Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926, Impression, Sunrise, 1872, oil on canvas, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris Fig. 5) Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch, 1853-1890, The Sower, 1889, oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, The Netherlands Fig. 6) Josef Albers, German, 1888-1976, Homage to the Square: Apparition, 1959, oil on Masonite, Guggenheim Museum of Art


While photography was becoming more “painterly,” painters were exploring new ground themselves. With the demand for exacting likenesses in portraits, landscapes, and other scenes diminished painters turned to new expressions that seemed to revel in something unique to their art – the brushstroke.



The French Impressionist painters such as Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet (fig. 4), and Berthe Morisot burst onto the scene in the late 19th century and created a watershed moment in art. Veering away from the subject as dominate, they focused more on light, color, and movement in a way that was not possible with photography. Much has been written about the Impressionists’ concern with the early science of optics – advances in understanding how the human eye mixes colors to submit an image to the brain and the effect of light on a scene. But Impressionism was also about the physical act of painting as a side-by-side comparison of any Impressionist painting with what a photograph reveals. Never before had the physical act of painting been left so apparent on a finished canvas. The public was shocked that artists were exhibiting works that they considered “unfinished” sketches and the first Impressionist exhibition was loudly panned by the public as well as art critics. But the revolution that Impressionism started was only the beginning. The free application of paint on canvas gave way to greater forms of expression and yielded giants in 20th century art such as Paul Cezanné, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh (fig. 5), George Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as well as Pablo Picasso, to name only a handful. The Post Impressionists themselves gave way to the great story that is 20th century art – the gradual liberation of technique, subject, and form to the extent that it actually became separate from the canvas or defined sculpture and became human action alone. This became Performance Art of the 1960s. Geometric Abstraction also played a large role in the trajectory of 20th century art. Artists no longer felt compelled to render recognizable human life and could celebrate the purity of geometry. Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers (fig. 6), Ellsworth Kelly, Judd, and Frank Stella were some of the biggest geometric painters of the last century but some photographers also followed this path. Brett Weston: Significant Details, will be on view in the Donald Karshan Center for Graphic Art from April 28, 2018 through July 29, 2018 and showcases the photographs of Edward Weston’s son, Brett (1911-1993) who took cues from his father and created stunning black and Fig. 7) Brett Weston, American, 1911-1993, Cracked Glass, 1954, black and white photograph, Courtesy of the Brett Weston Archives Fig. 8) Richard Estes, American, b. 1932, Telephone Booths (1968), Oil on canvas. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid


Fig. 9) A.D. Cook, American, Indian Summer, 2000, acrylic on canvas, Collection of Marc McAlister

white photographs that mirror 20th century Geometric Abstraction (fig. 7). Honing in on details in the natural or built environment, he found beauty in the shapes, form, and patterns all around us and brought them forth in black and white high contrast. His photos ranging from large sand dunes and glaciers to leaves, cacti, cracked glass, and even grease droplets are close-up studies of geometric poetry created by nature. Interestingly, though, it is often hard to tell exactly what is depicted in his work. This was by design. Photography had now adopted some of the primary tenets of 20th century Modernism. The subject matter is not necessarily important but artistic expression is. Pushing the boundaries of what could be photographed was now on par with developments in painting and other visual arts, all of which had come a long way since the 1800s. If Brett Weston and other photographers of his generation “flipped the narrative” on the role of photography in art, some mid-20th century painters were poised to up the ante yet again. No sooner did photographers decide that they could train their lens on abstract form and create “arty” photographs than painters opted to confront photography head-on at the point where it all began – the faithful depiction of reality. Photo-Realism as an art form came on the scene in 1968-1969, with formative stages in New York and California, it involved the production of images that deployed near-microscopic detail to achieve the highest degree of realism possible. Using the photograph as the primary visual reference, artists such as Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Richard Estes (fig. 8), and Audrey Flack painted with the goal of surpassing celluloid and often included technical or pictorial challenges with a focus on surface, such as glass, reflections, or the effects of light. In some artist’s works, the use of multiple photographic studies for each work transcended the limitations of the normal depth of field of conventional photography. Luster: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting is an exhibition that celebrates the height of this phenomenon in 20th century and early 21st century art. The artists in the exhibition, on display now through June 21, 2018 in the Ford Gallery at MOAS, have all closely followed in the footsteps of the mid-20th century Photorealists while choosing to apply their skills to the faithful representation of gleaming automobiles and motorcycles. As in the work of Richard Estes and Robert Cottingham, the reflection of light off shiny surfaces is particularly well-suited to Photorealism and reminds us that the effect of light still occupies artists in our times as it did in the early 19th century. Chrome, steel, glass, and vibrant enamel paint now are featured prominently in our post-industrial era and provide perfect source material for artists seeking to conquer photography on its own terms. The circle is complete and yet, somehow, there is certain to be another chapter yet to be written in the ongoing role reversal of photography and painting.

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Art, culture, and romance flow through each of the spaces here at the Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Whether you are looking for an intimate location or a setting for a grand event, the Museum offers an artistic aesthetic and creates the perfect backdrop for your special day. The Museum has a variety of unique indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options for your special day that will give your event elegance and a sense of style. The grand staircase located in the permanent gallery of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art is a breathtaking focal point during ceremonies that is quite popular with our couples. The Florida Hospital Courtyard is perfect for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour with a covered lanai, manicured open lawn, and room to mingle with family and friends. The Main Event Hall is one of our most popular spaces for a reception with its high ceiling and Florida scenic mural painting that immediately catches your eye upon walking through the front doors. In addition to the versatile & sophisticated spaces in the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts & Sciences offers a unique opportunity to celebrate in a train station, under the stars in the Planetarium, or in a reception space surrounded by walls of eclectic art pieces. The Museum also offers natural built-in entertainment by providing the option to schedule a docent to lead your guests in an exhibit tour during your event. Over the last few years, the popularity of hosting a wedding at the Museum has grown dramatically with the amount of weddings hosted almost doubling annually. The Museum staff is here to help make your special day as perfect and smooth as possible with planning assistance, including venue logistics from start to finish. The team at the Museum of Arts & Sciences welcomes the opportunity to make your future wedding or event an enjoyable and memorable experience.Â






The Meachums “We could not have been any more pleased with our decision to have both our ceremony and reception at the Museum. The staff was wonderful and accommodating during the planning stages and then went above and beyond on our wedding day. From working with the vendors, to setting up and tearing down, everyone helped make the entire process as painless as possible. We loved the venue when we saw it for the first time, and it was even more amazing on our wedding day. So many of our guests have said what an amazing location it was, and we could not agree more.�

Scott and Elizabeth Meachum, Bride and Groom PHOTO BY PSJ PHOTOGRAPHY



The Harveys “Besides having all of our family together, my fondest memory from my wedding was the beauty of the day. Between the Museum, all the décor, and the love, it was the picture perfect day! Having our wedding portraits done in the art gallery made them so unique and special. I know they are one-of-a-kind!”

- Kinsey Harvey, Bride “We saw the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art on a wedding app. Kinsey wanted to get married locally, even though we lived in Michigan (Kinsey is from New Smyrna Beach), and we fell in love with how beautiful the Museum was, and the fact that it was a place connected with her life in Florida and her childhood memories spent at the Museum. It is such a unique venue and I love that it felt like an amazing secret when we found it. Everyone was so impressed and in awe of the Museum the day of the wedding.”

– Bob Harvey, Groom

The Kiels


PA R E N T S O F T H E B R I D E “Justin and Brittany’s love of visiting museums together did lead us to the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. I honestly have to say from the parking lot to walking under the portal through the front doors, the warmth of the building gave us a sense of peace.”

Rebecca Kiel, Mother of the Bride “Walking Brittany down the aisle to her husband is what I have dreamt of doing from the day she was born. I was excited and satisfied. We have always prayed for her future husband years before she even met Justin. Just before we walked down the majestic staircase to Justin, I wanted her to pause and take it all in even for a brief moment. This was the moment in time I wanted Brittany and Justin to remember. A husband looking up and longing for his bride at the top of the staircase.”

– Jeff Kiel, Father of the Bride

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SPRING EXHIBITS Florida in Black and White: Documentary Photography by Peter Schreyer and the Storytellers

THROUGH APRIL 15, 2018 – ROOT HALL This dual exhibition highlights documentary photographs and oral histories by teen photographers and their instructor, Peter Schreyer, focused on the historic African American community of New Smyrna Beach. Photo Credit: Peter Schreyer, Mail Carrier, Winter Garden, FL

Attention to Detail: Architectural Art and Design from the Collection

THROUGH APRIL 15, 2018 – KARSHAN CENTER OF GRAPHIC ART Throughout history, talented artisans have spent untold hours (and their patron’s untold riches) embellishing architectural interiors around the world. This exhibition brings to light beautiful hand-drawn sketches and watercolors together with prints and design additions such as mirrors and fire mantelpieces from the MOAS collection that were all a part of the design aesthetic that continued from the Renaissance to the early 20th century in Europe and America. Photo Credit: Emilé Auguste Reiber, Design for Jardiniere, 1872

Shotgun Houses: America via Africa a Photo Exhibit by Kenneth Thompson

THROUGH APRIL 29, 2018 – NORTH WING CORRIDOR Originating in West Africa, a shotgun house is an often overlooked staple in American architecture. Learn more about these fascinating structures and their significance in this nation’s development. All images have been captured in Kenneth’s hometown of Bessemer, Alabama. Photo Credit: Kenneth Thompson, Green Leather

Spiritual Quests: Sculpture by Joan Baliker

THROUGH APRIL 29, 2018 – BOUCHELLE CHANGING GALLERY Joan Baliker is an interfaith minister who currently calls Ormond Beach, Florida home. She has written books celebrating and honoring all spiritual paths and also creates paintings and sculptures depicting inspirational figures from around the world. The Dalai Lama and Gandhi along with others are featured in bronze and oil on canvas in this homage to spirituality and leaders of faiths from across the world. Photo Credit: Joan Baliker, Peace

Volusia Creates Art

THROUGH APRIL 29, 2018 – PLANETARIUM LOBBY Student art is amazing because it allows them to tell stories and helps them make sense of their world. From preschool through high school, the 46th Annual Volusia Creates Art program fosters the amazing pool of artistic talent. This judged exhibit features the best student works of art from around the county. This premier exhibit showcases a wide range of subject matter from portraiture to abstract sculpture. Photo Credit: Abigail Marais, Sophia and Her Phone, Seabreeze High School Grade 12

Luster: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting

THROUGH JUNE 21, 2018 – FORD GALLERY This exhibition features over 50 works by 15 leading artists who create dazzling photorealist and hyperrealist paintings to celebrate the essence of car and motorcycle culture from an artist’s point of view: chrome, curves, speed, and power. Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. | David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director. Photo Credit: A.D. Cook, Indian Summer

Brett Weston: Significant Details

APRIL 28 THROUGH JULY 29, 2018 – KARSHAN CENTER OF GRAPHIC ART An exhibit that focuses on Weston’s close-up photography, featuring 42 photographs spanning nearly 60 years. The works – more than half of which are on view for the first time – share the high-contrast and graphic qualities of Weston’s panoramic photographs while emphasizing the “significant details,” the tendency toward abstraction and extremes in tonality that Weston explored throughout his career. Exhibit courtesy of Brett Weston Archives and the Pasadena Museum of California Art with the exhibition tour organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. Photo Credit: Brett Weston, Cracked Glass, 1954

Modern Aspirations: Art Deco from the Collection

MAY 5 THROUGH AUGUST 26, 2018 – BOUCHELLE CHANGING GALLERY The style of visual arts, architecture, and design known as Art Deco first appeared in France just before World War I and flourished through the “Roaring Twenties” and up until the beginning of WWII. It emphasized streamlined form in keeping with a “modern” age of speed and rapid advancements in the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects. It was also the style of the Jazz Age, Flappers, and Prohibition as a new freewheeling culture emerged and women were allowed more comfortable clothing such as menswear and danced in short dresses and cut their hair short. This exhibition brings paintings, sculpture, graphic, and decorative arts together from the collection to look at the many ways this style manifested itself in Western culture nearly 100 years ago. Photo Credit: Harrington Mann, The Blue Coat

Shutters on the Battlefield: An Intimate Look at Photography in WWII

MAY 5 THROUGH AUGUST 5, 2018 – NORTH WING CORRIDOR The Second World War was at its time, the most documented war in human history. The entire war was photographed from start to finish by professional photographers and regular civilians caught up in one of the most turbulent times of the 20th century. Nearly every event around the world was documented with photographs to create a record of what happened. From the beaches of Normandy to the Holocaust, and even in the snowy mountains of Attu located in the North Pacific, cameras went everywhere. The rolls of film shot during those epic years that were saved on cameras brought home by servicemen or were captured on battlefields by their former owners. These snapshots from a private local collection provide unique views of the war, often by those who fought it. Photo Credit: Photographer Unknown, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Art and Science: The Paintings of James Vredevoogd

APRIL 21 THROUGH JULY 22, 2018 – ROOT HALL James Vredevoogd, a native of Michigan, taught painting, sculpture, and performance art at Edinboro College in Pennsylvania for 32 years. His painting style is self-described as “Surreal Realism” in that he paints images that appear dreamlike or surreal in a realistic manner. Relying on scientific theory, literature, and philosophy, his paintings are as beautiful as they are enigmatic and invite the viewer to “read” his narratives on canvas. A neighbor to the west, Jim Vredevoogd and his wife Jeanette (also an artist) have called Dunnellon, FL home for several years now. Photo Credit: James Vredevoogd, Cat’s Cradle, 2017

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SPRING PROGRAMS Ongoing Events Wednesday Yoga in the Gallery Wednesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm Take a break from your busy day and enjoy weekly Yoga in the Gallery at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Meet in the lobby and join registered yoga instructor, Ashley Brooks of Holistic Movements, for an hour-long session that will provide you with an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses. Class is open to all experience levels. Please bring a mat, towel, and water. Space is limited and registration is required. RSVP to the Museum by calling 386-255-0285. $5.00 for members, $10.00 for future members.

APRIL Saturday, April 7 11:00am-3:00pm Daytona State College and the People of the Pen: A Writers Festival The People of the Pen, Daytona State’s creative writing club, welcomes you to a world of writing. Join renowned faculty in Root Hall for a series of sessions aimed at improving your craft. Listen to local authors offer practical advice on publication, community, and getting started. Learn about the many organizations and opportunities for writers in our area. Most of all, have fun and express yourself. Whether you are a beginning writer or a lifelong wordsmith, this event will engage your creativity. The festival will conclude with an open mic session in the Root Family Auditorium to share and celebrate our collective voices. This festival is for ages 12 and older. Food from a local food truck will be available for purchase. A list of sessions and a schedule can be found at Free for members or with paid museum admission. $5.00 for Daytona State students with student ID. Thursday, April 12 5:30pm-7:30pm Wine Tasting: Viva la France Join us for our first wine tasting event to be held in the Entry Court at the Museum of Arts & Sciences with our friends at S.R. Perrott. Spend the evening among friends while you sip up knowledge on swirling, tasting, and describing wines while learning about different food pairings with light appetizers. During this month’s program, we will explore different regions of France.This event is for ages 21 and over. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285. $25.00 for members, $35.00 for future members. Saturday, April 14 7:00pm-9:45pm Second Saturday Laser Rock Concert 7:00pm Laser Vinyl 8:00pm Laser U2 9:00pm Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon $5.00 for one show, $7.00 for two shows, and $9.00 for three shows. Admission goes on sale one week prior to the shows. Thursday, April 19 2:00pm-3:30pm Florida Vistas Book Club: Love Again, a Historical Novel of Key West 1831-1842 by Susan Blackmon Join us for our next Florida history book club meeting at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Love Again is set in a time when our country is young, arrogant, and

expanding, but a political storm is brewing over slavery. In the midst of this heyday with its dark undercurrents, Theodore finds his loyalties tested. His patriotism collides with the injustice perpetrated on the indigenous people and their brutal retaliation against the pioneer settlers of Florida. Can Theodore remain true to his beliefs and avoid taking sides in the midst of the swirling conflict? Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285. Free for members, $5.00 for future members.

The history of the French presence in Florida combines all possible elements of human character – the search for adventures, secret desires, and stories of the rise and fall. Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias, on the porch of Gamble Place in Port Orange for a look into the French presence in Florida from 1563 to 1945. Space is limited and advanced RSVP is required by calling the Museum at 386-2550285. Free for members, $5.00 for future members.

Saturday, April 21 1:00pm-3:00pm Film Class: Acting for Film Back by popular demand – join awardwinning filmmaker, Gary Lester, in the Children’s Museum classroom once again for an introductory hands-on workshop in acting for film. Participants will review techniques of stage acting and have an opportunity to adapt them into acting for a film while honing their individual acting talents. This film class is for ages 12 and older. Space for this class is limited. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386255-0285. $15.00 for members, $20.00 for future members.

Saturday, April 28 9:30am-10:30am Member Exhibition Preview: Brett Weston: Significant Details Enjoy a member exclusive preview for the new exhibit, Brett Weston: Significant Details. This exhibition focuses on his dramatic close-up black and white photography, carrying on the tradition of his father, Edward Weston, and revealing him to be a true 20th century master of modern abstraction. Enjoy a docent tour, coffee, and ligh refreshments. Kindly RSVP by calling 386-255-0285 ext. 315 or by emailing Free for MOAS members.

Saturday, April 28 11:00am-5:30pm MOAS Space Day Join us for our 4th annual MOAS Space Day, where we celebrate all things space in an engaging and interactive environment for the whole family. You will learn about the science, exploration, and beauty of space through exciting lectures, shows in our main planetarium and portable planetarium, and u 3:00pm: Rediscovering the Grand Hotels hands-on activities. There will be displays of West Volusia County with Florida History from ERAU’s ERFSEDS Rocket Club, Amateur Author, Larry French Astronomy Club, and Astronomy Professors A presentation and book signing with author, from the Physical Sciences Department Larry French, about the grand hotels that throughout the Museum. We cannot wait to once made West Volusia an amazing tourist see you for an out-of-this-world event. A full destination for a northern wealthy class. Grand schedule for the day’s events can be found at Hotels of West Volusia County has been written to create awareness of this forgotten history Free for members or with paid museum and its relevance to our present sense of place. admission. It is hoped that it will also renew efforts among communities to preserve surviving landmarks of their own memorable past. Monday, April 30 5:00pm-7:00pm u 3:45pm: Elegant Abodes of Volusia County MOAS After Hours at the Cici and Hyatt Join Senior Curator of Education and History, Brown Museum of Art James “Zach” Zacharias, to learn about Join us for our monthly MOAS After Hours, the famous historic homes and owners that this month at the Cici and Hyatt Brown make up Volusia County such as the John B. Museum of Art. Enjoy after-hours access to Stetson Mansion, Debary Hall, Edgewood, the galleries, live music, happy hour drink and others spread throughout every city in the specials, and food for purchase from a local county while also learning about the county’s food truck. architectural history. Free for members, $5.00 for future members. Saturday, April 21 3:00pm-5:00pm Afternoon with Florida History Join us for a presentation on Florida history in the Root Family Auditorium. Enjoy complimentary and pastries sponsored by MOAS member, Richard Moore. Free for members, $7.00 for future members.

Wednesday, April 25 3:00pm-4:00pm Talk and Walk: Africa – Life and Ritual Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias, along with head docent, Marian Whelton, and discover the Museum’s large collection of important African artifacts from the Congo, Kenya, and the SubSaharan countries. Although Western culture calls these masks and sculptures art, the African people who made them did not. Learn about the history, culture, and stories behind these amazing objects that are part of African ritual, everyday life, and status of the people who used them. Free for members or with paid museum admission. Friday, April 27 2:00pm-3:00pm Porch Talk at Gamble Place: The French in Florida

MAY Friday, May 4 6:30pm-10:00pm Night at the Museum: May the Fourth be with You Parents, drop your child off at the Museum of Arts & Sciences for an evening of fun during this Star Wars Day celebration! Our Museum’s Jedi masters will have plenty of Star Wars themed crafts and games. The young padawans will have a chance to travel through space in our planetarium and will also participate in Jedi training. Costumes are welcomes but not required. Snacks will be provided. This event is for ages 6-13 years only. Space is limited. RSVP in advance by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285. $15.00 for members, $20.00 for future members.

SPRING PROGRAMS Wednesday, May 9 12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch and Learn: The Masterworks of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias, at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art and discover the many Florida landscapes from the permanent collection. Learn about the works of Herman Herzog, Martin Johnson Heade, Louise Comfort Tiffany, and more. Call the Museum at 386-255-0285 to RSVP and place your lunch order. Space is limited and advanced RSVP and paid lunch are required. Lecture and tour is free plus the price of paid lunch for members. Lecture is $5.00 plus the price of paid lunch for future members. Thursday, May 10 4:00pm-4:45pm Special Planetarium Show: The Launch of Commercial Space Join us for a special planetarium presentation that will explore the burgeoning commercial space industry as we highlight companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, United Launch Alliance, and many other promising ventures within the immersive digital environment of the Planetarium. We will also present the MOAS Planetarium staff’s coverage of the successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch that took place this past February. Free for members or with paid museum admission. Thursday, May 10 6:30pm-9:00pm Dueling Pianos Show, Featuring Amy and Randy Keith Join us in Root Hall and the Root Family Auditorium at MOAS for our first dueling piano show and reception with Amy and Randy Keith of Premier Piano Shows out of Orlando, Florida. Guests can enjoy a preshow mixer with light appetizers and a cash bar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a show from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This interactive piano show is sure to create a unique experience for all in attendance. This event is for ages 18 and older. Advanced RSVP is required by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285. $25.00 for members, $35.00 for future members. Friday, May 11 8:30am-4:30pm Florida History Bus Tour Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias, on a bus trip to tour the Florida Museum of Natural History and Fort King. Enjoy lunch at MOJO Hogtown Bar-B-Que in Gainesville. Meet at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art no later than 8:30am. Seating is limited and RSVP is required by calling the Museum at 386255-0285. No refunds. Admission does not include lunch. $40.00 for members, $50.00 for future members u Florida

Museum of Natural History The Florida Museum of Natural History is the state of Florida’s official state-sponsored and chartered natural history museum. Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias as he leads a personal tour of the amazing Hall of Fossils. Enjoy free time visiting the rest of the Museum’s natural history galleries. Admission to the Museum is free with an optional fee to see the butterfly garden.


u Fort King Finally, Fort King is built. Located in Ocala, Florida not far from Silver Springs, this replica Seminole War Fort is full of history. Fort King acted as the headquarters for the Second Seminole War and is the location where Osceola ignited the beginning of the conflict with the assassination of Indian Agent Wiley Thompson.

Saturday, May 12 10:00am-2:00pm 3rd Annual American Muscle Car Show Come see these historic American cars as they roll on to the Museum’s campus for the day. The combination of memories, beauty, and engineering is what makes this car show so great. DJ Frank Roberts will be playing old time rock-n-roll favorites while you enjoy the cars and food from a local food truck. Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias for a tour of the Luster: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting exhibit and the Root Family Museum’s vintage automobiles that range from Sumar Race Cars to the Ford Coca-Cola delivery trucks. A full schedule for the day can be found at Free for members or with paid museum admission. Saturday, May 12 7:00pm-9:45pm Second Saturday Laser Rock Concert 7:00pm Laser Retro 8:00pm Laser Beatles 9:00pm Pink Floyd – The Wall $5.00 for one show, $7.00 for two shows, and $9.00 for three shows. Admission goes on sale one week prior to the shows. Thursday, May 17 2:00pm-3:30pm Florida Vistas Book Club: Hidden History of Ft. Myers by Cynthia A. Williams Join us for our next Florida history book club meeting at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Although best known as the winter home of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, Fort Myers has one of the most engaging and extraordinary histories of any city in Florida. Fort Myers began as a U.S. Army post during Florida’s Seminole Wars. During the Civil War, it became a battleground between Confederates and Yankees for cattle and, after the war, a gunslinging cowboy town. New York cartoonist Walt McDougall blew into the area on a fishing trip, and his glowing description lured down other wealthy Yankee sportsmen who helped turn this isolated frontier town into a modern tourist destination. Historian and author, Cynthia Williams, explores the hidden stories behind the growth of this beautiful city. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285. Free for members, $5.00 for future members. Friday, May 18 2:00pm-3:00pm Porch Talk at Gamble Place: Florida Crackers – A Way of Life Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias, at Gamble Place in Port Orange to learn about the culture of the Florida Crackers including their lifestyle, origin, and how their name came to be. This talk will also include stories of the unique and famous cracker cowboys of the 1880s like Bone Mizell and Hub Williams. Space is limited and advanced RSVP is required by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285. Free for members, $5.00 for future members.

Saturday, May 19 1:00pm-3:00pm Film Class: Prop Making Join filmmaker, Gary Lester, in the Children’s Museum classroom for a demonstration of the various techniques used to create and construct homemade props for stage and film. What are props? They are the objects actors use on the set while performing. Learn the secrets of creating these valuable tools for just pennies. This film class is for ages 12 and older. Space for this class is limited. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-2550285. $15.00 for members, $20.00 for future members. Thursday, May 24 8:30am-5:00pm MOAS Member Trip to Downtown Winter Park Join us for a MOAS member trip to Downtown Winter Park for a day filled with art and shopping. Start the day off with a scenic boat tour through the beautiful lakes and canals of Historic Winter Park. Stroll through the streets of Downtown for shopping and lunch at 310 South Park, New American Cuisine. End the day with a tour of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. Must be a MOAS member to attend. Kindly RSVP by May 11 by calling 386-255-0285. Please meet at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art no later than 8:30am. A full schedule can be found in the online calendar at $60.00 for members. Includes transportation, boat tour, and museum tour. Lunch is not included. Saturday, May 26 4:00pm-4:45pm You Run The Show! Join us in the MOAS Planetarium for this audience guided show that can take you anywhere in the universe that you would like to go! Come with your questions, curiosities, and interests, as we navigate freely through the Planetarium’s vast digital universe. We cannot wait to explore the universe with you! Free for members or with paid museum admission.

June Tuesday, June 5 3:00pm-4:00pm Role Reversal: How Painting and Photography Switched Roles in the 20th Century Join Ruth Grim, Chief Curator/Gary R. Libby Curator of Art, in the Root Family Auditorium as she delivers a presentation on the interaction of painting and photography since its broad introduction to the public in 1839. From that point on, painters began to change how they created images, and photographers gradually became more “arty.” But this was not the end of the dance between painting and photography as their intertwined history is discussed in this presentation. Free for members or with paid museum admission. Saturday, June 9 3:00pm-4:00pm Shutters on the Battlefield: Photography in World War II Join collector Ryan Lowry, in the Root Family Auditorium for a talk about his rare collection of World War II photographs that cover both American theaters of war. The collection

SPRING PROGRAMS includes private photographs and images captured on the battlefield. Many of these rare and one-of-a-kind photographs have never been seen by the public. Free for members or with paid museum admission. Saturday, June 9 7:00pm-9:45pm Second Saturday Laser Rock Concert 7:00pm Hypnotica 8:00pm Laser Metallica 9:00pm Laser Zeppelin $5.00 for one show, $7.00 for two shows, and $9.00 for three shows. Admission goes on sale one week prior to the shows. Thursday, June 14 5:30pm-7:30pm Cocktails & Creations: Floral Arranging with Simply Roses Join us at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art for our Cocktails & Creations series, this time with Ashlee Roberson, owner of Simply Roses Florist. Ashlee will walk you through the art and design of floral arranging, presenting many options to fit your style, as well as touching on basic floral knowledge while you create! Admission includes light appetizers, one complimentary beverage, and all the materials needed for creating your floral design to take home! Ages 13 and older are welcome. Seating is limited. RSVP in advance by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285. $35.00 for members, $40.00 for future members.

Thursday, June 21 2:00pm-3:30pm Florida Vistas Book Club: Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck Join us for our next Florida history book club meeting at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. This novel, set in the Depression-era is the story of Mariella Bennet who is hired as a maid by Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline. As Mariella becomes caught up in the tensions and excesses of the Hemingway household, the attention of the larger-than-life writer become a dangerous temptation. Will Mariella cross an invisible line with the volatile Hemingway, or will she find a way to claim her own dreams? As a massive hurricane bears down on Key West, Mariella faces some harsh truths and the possibility of losing everything she loves. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285. Free for members, $5.00 for future members. Saturday, June 23 3:00pm-5:00pm Hurricanes, Thunderstorms, and Beautiful Paintings Join Dr. Michael Olson, Professor of Metrology at Daytona State, and James “Zach” Zacharias, MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History, at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art for a unique look at the science and art of the Florida hurricane through the Florida Weather exhibit. Learn about the science and art of hurricanes, tornados, summer thunderstorms, and more during this unique educational experience.

Dr. Olsen will also provide important information about the upcoming hurricane season. Seating is limited and advanced RSVP is required by calling the Museum at 386-2550285. Free for members or with paid museum admission. Saturday, June 23 7:00pm-9:45pm Summer Saturday Laser Rock Concert 7:00pm Electrolaze 8:00pm Laser Vinyl 9:00pm Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon $5.00 for one show, $7.00 for two shows, and $9.00 for three shows. Admission goes on sale one week prior to the shows. Monday, June 25 5:00pm-7:00pm MOAS After Hours Join us at the Museum of Arts & Sciences for exclusive after-hours access to all of the Museum’s galleries and a planetarium show. Guests can enjoy live music, happy hour drink specials, and food for purchase from a local food truck. Free for members, $5.00 for future members.

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GUILD NEWS | BY DR. BEVERLY MCMURTRY GRISSOM, MOAS GUILD PRESIDENT Members of the MOAS Guild at the 2018 Fashion Show and Luncheon. From left to right: Karrie Houlton, Mary Alice Wnuk, Ruth Snyder, Sue Fream, Sandy Buckley, Dr. Beverly Grissom, Andrea Pair, George Fortuna, Brenda Rivers, Hilary Reilly, Carolyn Keene, Pat Masotti-Abernathy

New Year, New President The MOAS Guild Dives into 2018 with New Leadership


ecause the MOAS Guild operates under the umbrella of the Museum of Arts & Sciences as an aggregate of ambassadors and fundraisers, it makes perfect sense that our officer terms and our fiscal year be congruent with those of the MOAS Board of Trustees. As of January 1, 2018, this change went into effect. I am deeply honored to have been elected to serve as Guild President and a Museum Trustee for the next two years. I have never worked with a more dedicated and effective group of volunteers who accomplish so much. Our spring calendar is filled with programs, special events, and fundraising projects. The Guild volunteers are very busy and very successful on behalf of the Museum. On February 13, 2018, the Guild staged its annual and ever-popular Fashion Show and Luncheon. The 139 guests, both members and friends, enjoyed a delicious lunch and an array of current fashions. Five Museum Trustees attended, which was so appreciated by the Guild team


who worked so hard on this event! We extend sincere thanks to all of our guests who supported this successful fundraiser. On April 10, our Spring Garden Party will be held on the courtyard patio of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. This unique and popular event offers, in a beautiful setting, the opportunity to purchase beautiful plants and hand-decorated pots. It is a wonderful time to socialize with friends, old and new. The lunch is always delicious, the plants are lovely, and this is another opportunity to help the Guild raise friends, fun, and funds. As a special feature, we will have a speaker who will enlighten us about the importance and worrisome future of bees. Our Annual MOAS Children’s Museum Golf Classic will be held on Monday, April 23, 2018, at the highly regarded course at Plantation Bay Club de Bonmont. The goal is to have 80 golfers participate. The proceeds support the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum. We are hopeful for more foursomes to sign up. We are looking forward to a great day of

good golf, good food, and good awards and prizes – now if only the weather will cooperate! Our widely-known and exclusive Halifax Art Festival will be held November 3 and 4, 2018. This event grows every year and has become extremely popular with the artists, leading to a waiting list each year! Interspersed in all of these major events are monthly Guild meetings and Artful Interludes. In February and March, we attended Café 101 and Gamble Place. In April we will be visiting the Athens Theater.

It is obvious that this is a very busy group of volunteers. It takes many members to plan and implement our fundraiser. We need more volunteers who will help fulfill our mission to support the Museum. I encourage you to come join us.

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ar Olds 4, 5 and 6 Ye Week 1: June 11 - 15 9am-12pm Dinosaur Kingdom Paleo-preschool students will have exciting handson opportunities with real prehistoric specimens and fabulous dinosaur fossils from the Museum’s collection. Junior paleontologists will enjoy activities like digging, sorting, and classifying. Our young scientists will handle real fossils dating back 300 million years. 1pm-4pm A is for Art Paint, draw, and create art beyond your wildest imagination. Utilize the Museum’s collection to explore art from around the globe. Create portraits, prints, sculpture, and draw really cool animals.

Week 2: June 18-22 9am-12pm Science Chaos You are never too young to begin your career as a scientist. The Museum has many hands-on science kits for all ages. Learn about physics, astronomy, fossils, nature, and even chemistry. Take a trip to the Planetarium, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, and the Children’s Museum to discover the world of science all around you. 1pm-4pm Animals Around the World Animals come in all shapes and sizes. They fill all corners of the world. During this class, students will learn about the diversity of animals from A to Z. Paint, draw, and sculpt your favorite animals. Learn how animals communicate, move, and how they acquire food. Vision, sound, touch, smell, and taste will be explored while your camper visits the Museum’s galleries and participates in related activities.

Week 3: June 25-29 9am-12pm Art City Paint, draw, and create art beyond your wildest imagination. Utilize the Museum’s diverse collections and exhibits to explore art from around the globe. Create portraits, prints, sculpture, crazy art, and drawings. 1pm-4pm Architect’s Adventure Build this, build that! We have tons of building blocks, LEGO®s, and other materials to construct all types of cool stuff such as wacky sculptures, buildings, towers, cars, and more! Our young builders will learn engineering concepts, balance, design, color, and most importantly, will be using their imaginations! Students will explore the Museum’s galleries to discover sculptures, paintings, and objects that represent the art of building. Week4: No Classes July 2-6

Week 5: July 9-13 9am-12pm Music City Children enjoy music from the minute that they are born. They are attracted to rhythm, tempo, and the beat of the music. Music can make a child feel happy, calm, sleepy, or can even inspire them to get up and dance. Join us for a hands-on class where children can learn about real instruments and try them out. While also making some of their own instruments, children will use math, motor skills, social play, language, and science altogether in this unique class.

1pm-4pm Pirate Adventure Shiver Me Timbers and Skedaddle! Dress up like a pirate, design your own pirate flag, create your own treasure coin, and learn about life at sea as a pirate. Enjoy pirate stories, arts and crafts, and a fun dressup pirate party! Landlubbers need not apply.

Week 6: July 16-20 9am-12pm I’m a LEGO® Kid We have over 120,000 LEGO®s in our collection. LEGO®s are a great social activity and a fantastic learning tool, especially in a museum setting. Students will build all types of structures, visit the Museum’s galleries, view an astronomy show, and build a spaceship! Engineering, art, math, and science all come together in one classic toy. 1pm-4pm Ocean Commotion Become the next Jacques Cousteau and discover life under the sea. Learn about sea life both great and small that call the ocean their home. The Museum has an impressive collection of underwater specimens to learn from. Learn about dolphins, shells, sharks, and whales during this fun and exciting hands-on class.

Week 7: July 23-27 9am-12pm Space Cats Learn about the stars, planets, and the Milky Way Galaxy and experience the life of an astronaut. Learn about rockets and visit the Museum’s planetarium for an incredible show. Create a solar system diorama and a cool spaceship that will whisk you away to the stars and beyond. 1pm-4pm The Nature of Things Increase your wildlife and environmental awareness as you take exciting trips around the world using the Museum’s collections. There are hundreds of animals of all species depicted in the Museum’s art collection. Learn about animals, rocks, fossils, plants, and seeds. Look at plants under a microscope and study the Museum’s hands-on specimens to open up the world of nature that surrounds you.

Week 8: July 30-August 3 9am-12pm Paint, Print, and Splatter Paint, print, and splatter your way through the world of art. Take a trip around the world and learn about art using the Museum’s extraordinary collection of fine art. Make prints, pottery, crazy art, finger paintings, and more! 1pm-4pm Mad Professor Science is more important than ever. This science class will give children a head start on the next school year. Acquire hands-on experience with electrical circuits, force and motion, astronomy, biodiversity, archaeology, and more. Take a trip to the Planetarium and zoom through the outreaches of our universe. Learn about famous scientists and come to your own conclusions.

ar Olds 7, 8 and 9 Ye Week 1: June 11 - 15 9am-12pm Junior Paleontologist Become a paleontologist and discover the Museum’s collection of thousands of fossils. Your young scientist will learn about dinosaurs, giant ground sloths, and other animals dating back millions of years. Sort, classify, and learn about the amazing extinct animals that once roamed the Earth. Take a tour of the Prehistory of Florida Gallery and discover the science behind the Giant Ground Sloth skeleton. 1pm-4pm Naturalist 101 Discover the world around you and learn about nature from the Museum’s extensive collection of specimens including insects, bones, teeth, and other objects. Discover the biodiversity in your own backyard.

Week 2: June 18-22 9am-12pm LEGO® Champion LEGO®s can make life just about perfect! Enjoy a build-off every day and create buildings, towns, planes, abstract sculptures, and other LEGO® creations. Learn about the history of historic buildings and structures from all over the world and build your own versions. Engineering, history, and science make for the perfect LEGO® day! 1pm-4pm Master Artist Tour the Museum’s massive collection of fine art through its many galleries. Learn about the different types of art from portraiture and landscape to abstract paintings and sculpture. Explore the concepts of line, color, and perspective while enriching your imagination. Use art to create confidence in self-expression, enhance math skills, and engage high-level thinking skills.

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9am-12pm Space and Aviation Join Curator of Astronomy, Seth Mayo, and take a galactic journey. Learn about space exploration and the science and physics of flight. Discover the amazing science of astronomy and visit the Planetarium for a tour to the edge of the known universe. Explore the world of rockets, airplanes, airports, and the basic engineering of flight through this hands-on class. Learn about fuel propulsion, flight simulators, and lift-off into space from the Florida coast. 1pm-4pm Time Tunnel Back by popular demand! Join us for a time travel back to the ancient world. Learn about mummies, pyramids, ancient temples, and discover the art of long lost cultures. Explore geography, art, engineering, history, and ancient inventions that changed the world. Play the Museum’s very own version of Ancient Jeopardy! Week 4: No Classes July 2-6

Week 5: July 9-13 9am-12pm Physics and Beyond Learn about sciences such as chemistry, physics, astronomy, and more during this hands-on science class. Work with electric circuit boards, slime, and test out the Museum’s Van Der Graaf generator. Visit the Planetarium for a tour through the universe and explore the hands-on exhibits in the Children’s Museum. Conduct your own experiments and learn about the science that makes the world a modern marvel. Kick-start your child’s science career with this hands-on class.

1pm-4pm Work of Art Discover all the forms of art that the Museum has to offer, from abstract to realism. Enjoy hands-on activities such as painting, sculpture, and pottery. Try your talent at printmaking with the Museum’s printing press and take gallery tours to view art collections from around the world. Meet with one of the Museum’s curators and learn how the Museum works.

Week 6: July 16-20 9am-12pm Space Nation Join Curator of Astronomy, Seth Mayo, and learn about the universe like never before. Learn about the planets, moons, stars, and space exploration. Take many trips to the solar system and beyond in the Planetarium as it becomes your vehicle to the wonders of the universe. Astronomy brings all of the sciences together to create a world of amazement. 1pm-4pm LEGO® Build-Off There is a build-off competition everyday complete with prizes. We have thousands of LEGO®s to build all types of cool things from houses to racecars. Engineer your LEGO® creations into cool structures that are unique to you. Let your imagination run wild and explore the basic concepts of engineering, physics, design, and more. Let’s build with LEGO®s!

Week 7: July 23-27 9am-12pm Chemistry Rocks Is your child a budding chemist? Through hands-on experiments, this chemistry class will help kids connect real-world situations with science. Learn what makes a volcano erupt and discover the world of chemical reactions. Learn about the periodic table and chemical compounds. Learn about acid and pH levels, kitchen chemistry, and even crime scene investigations. 1pm-4pm Art and Archaeology If you like artifacts and ancient civilizations, this is the class for you. Learn about the science of archaeology and how societies change over time. Learn about the tools, art, and artifacts that ancient people use every day. Discover tools, methods, and how archaeologists excavate sites.

Week 8: July 30-August 3 9am-12pm Fossil Detective We love fossils! Check out our massive collection of fossils from dinosaurs to ice age mammals. Make your own fossil molds, dig in our fossil pit, and learn about extinct life on Earth. Listen to the story of our Giant Ground Sloth skeleton and get hands-on experience using the Museum’s extensive collection of fossils 1pm-4pm Welcome to Hogwarts Students will get a chance to experience different classes and activities that the MOAS Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has to offer. Get sorted into houses, play Quidditch for your house, and learn about the fantastic beasts that roam the wizarding world. A one-hour supervised “bring-yourown lunch” break between morning and afternoon sessions will be provided for all campers that will be staying for both morning and afternoon sessions. Also offering Extended Care from 4pm - 5:30pm! See student registration form for details!

Year Olds 13 d n a 12 11, , 10 Week 1: June 11 - 15 9am-12pm CSI Daytona Crime Lab Learn what it takes to become a criminal detective. Dust, identify, and learn the science of fingerprints. Figure out how to crack codes, crimes, and how to investigate a crime scene. Learn how the police investigate and use evidence to solve crimes and unravel mysteries.

Week 6: July 16-20 9am-4pm Short Movie Making Use digital special effects to create wild and wacky videos. This one-of-a-kind class teaches the young film director how to create a storyboard, edit their film digitally, use digital video cameras, set up tripods, and how to create soundtracks using “Garage Band.” On Friday, film students will have a red-carpet preview of their film in the Root Family Auditorium.

Week 7: July 23-27

1pm-4pm Science Quest Discover a world of physics, astronomy, fossils, and other important sciences. Learn how science affects our lives every day. Work with electrical circuits, magnetics, robotics, and more! Explore the many hands-on science exhibits the Museum has to offer. Get a jump start on your science career and learn about the world of science, technology, engineering, and math.

9am-12pm Physics and Beyond Physics is all around us at all times – you cannot get away from it. Let your budding scientists use the Museum’s many hands-on kits to discover the world of physics. Step up to our Van Der Graaf generator and learn about static electricity. Learn about gravity in the Planetarium and then try to defy it. Discover a world of light, sound, molecules, thermodynamics, and more to become a well-rounded scientist.

Week 2: June 18-22

1pm-4pm Carnivores by Land and Sea Learn about the ferocious creatures that inhabit the land and sea from the Permian Period to modern day. Discover a world of science from comparative biology to ancient environmental conditions. Learn about the apex predators that once roamed the ancient seas and land that could devour slow moving herbivores in a matter of minutes. Compare animals today to extinct creatures and find out who is related on the evolutionary tree.

9am-12pm Simply Art Art is all around us, and we use it to thrive as a civilization. Enrich your art skills by learning and practicing “art for art’s sake.” Learn concepts such as line, color, form, and perspective, using the Museum’s collection as your inspiration. Visit the art galleries and learn about famous portraits and landscape paintings. Use different media to create your own personal expressions and masterworks. 1pm-4pm Classic Games There are so many great games of skill, strategy, and reasoning. All of these games promote critical thinking but are an absolute blast from the past! Your child will enjoy great games of skill and more by playing classic games such as Chinese Checkers, Yahtzee, Dominoes, and even a few vintage computer games. Enjoy a classic games party on the final day!

Week 3: June 25-29 9am-4pm Claymation Movie Making Utilizing storyboarding, set design, construction, and Claymation, participants will create original Claymation productions. Explore editing and production techniques that will inspire budding animators of the 21st century. Learn how to sculpt, create soundtracks, design titles, and use digital cameras. Week 4: No Classes July 2-6

Week 5: July 9-13 9am-12pm LEGO® Block Party Join us for a great morning of LEGO® construction projects, competitions, build-offs, and group builds in a fun party atmosphere with music and DJ lights to make this a week-long adventure in architecture, creativity, and engineering. Visit other parts of the Museum including a trip to the Planetarium, then take the LEGO® space ship challenge and build your own future space station. 1pm-4pm Science Spectacular Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a scientist? Explore the STEM careers in science from astronomy to zoology. Work with test tubes, microscopes, fossils, electrical circuits, and tools that scientists use for discovery. Learn about some of the famous historical discoveries, how they have benefited humankind, and get a jump start on your career in science!

Week 8: July 30-August 3 9am-12pm Oh Snap! Photography 101 Join award-winning professional photographer and Volusia County Schools instructor, Chris Bishop to learn how to snap photos like the pros. Bring your camera or camera phone and film the world around you. Learn about basic shot set up, editing, color, and customization. Learn how to use photography apps and use the Museum’s Mac lab to make your own portrait, landscape, or abstract photo into a real gem. 1pm-4pm It’s Magic! This first time class at MOAS is a unique way to learn how to “WOW” your friends with cool illusions and magic tricks that will make you the life of the party. Learn about the science and terminology used by professional magicians. Work on your presentation skills through magic tricks with cards, cups and balls, coin tracks, and even learn how to build and create your own gimmick tricks!

Thank you to 2018 Summer Learning Institute Scholarship Sponsors: Barbara Wilsey Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club Florida Power and Light Grand Haven Women’s Club Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences Thomas J. Yuschok, M.D. Radiology Associates Imaging Centers


Dinosaur Kingdom

Science Chaos

Art City

Music City

I’m a LEGO® Kid

Space Cats

Paint, Print, and Splatter

4-5-6 Years Afternoon

A is for Art

Animals Around the World

Architect’s Adventure

Pirate Adventure

Ocean Commotion

The Nature of Things

Mad Professor

7-8-9 Years Morning

Junior Paleontologist

LEGO® Champion

Space and Aviation

Physics and Beyond

Space Nation

Chemistry Rocks

Fossil Detective

7-8-9 Years Afternoon

Naturalist 101

Master Artist

Time Tunnel

Work of Art

LEGO® Build-Off

Art and Archaeology

Welcome to Hogwarts

10-11-12-13 Years Morning

CSI Daytona Crime Lab

Simply Art

LEGO® Block Party

Physics and Beyond

Oh Snap! Photography 101

10-11-12-13 Years Afternoon

Science Quest

Classic Games

Science Spectacular

Carnivores by Land and Sea

It’s Magic!

10-11-12-13 Years All Day

Claymation Movie Making

Short Movie Making

Student Registration Form 2018

Name_________________________________ Age _______Address________________________________ City/State_____________________________Zip________Phone __________________________________ Parent(s)________________________________________Email ___________________________________ Additional registration forms, online registration, and more information can be found online at NOTE: Tuition fees are indicated by museum member discount price first, followed by the general admission fee.

Programs Ages 4, 5 & 6 ❏ Dinosaur Kingdom $85/$95 ❏ A is for Art $85/$95 ❏ Science Chaos $85/$95 ❏ Animals Around the World $85/$95 ❏ Art City $85/$95 ❏ Architect’s Adventure $85/$95 ❏ Music City $85/$95 ❏ Pirate Adventure $85/$95 ❏ I’m a LEGO® Kid $85/$95 ❏ Ocean Commotion $85/$95 ❏ Space Cats $85/$95 ❏ The Nature of Things $85/$95 ❏ Paint, Print, and Splatter $85/$95 ❏ Mad Professor $85/$95

Programs Ages 7, 8 & 9

❏ Junior Paleontologist ❏ Naturalist 101 ❏ LEGO Champion ❏ Master Artist ❏ Space and Aviation ❏ Time Tunnel ❏ Physics and Beyond ❏ Work of Art ❏ Space Nation ❏ LEGO Build-Off ❏ Chemistry Rocks ❏ Art and Archaeology ❏ Fossil Detective ❏ Welcome to Hogwarts ®


$85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95 $85/$95

Extended Care Program

Extended Care Program will be offered from 4pm - 5:30pm for $25 per week. Extended Care students picked up after 5:30pm will be charged $10 for every 10 minutes of additional care provided. Please mark the weeks which your student will attend:

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June 11 - June 15 June 25 - June 29 July 16 - July 20

❏ June 18 - June 22 ❏ July 9 - July 13 ❏ July 23 - July 27

July 30 - August 3

❏ CSI Daytona Crime Lab $85/$95 $85/$95 ❏ Science Quest $85/$95 ❏ Simply Art $85/$95 ❏ Classic Games $170/$190 ❏ Claymation Movie Making $85/$95 ❏ LEGO Block Party $85/$95 ❏ Science Spectacular $170/$190 ❏ Short Movie Making $85/$95 ❏ Physics and Beyond $85/$95 ❏ Carnivores by Land and Sea $85/$95 ❏ Oh Snap! Photography 101 $85/$95 ❏ It’s Magic! ®

Please make sure your student is enrolled at least one week prior to the start date to help educators prepare for classes.


Reservations for each class are confirmed by your payment. Fees are non-refundable, but the Museum will make every effort to find an alternative placement for a student in another session if cancellation occurs.

Total Number of Program Sessions_____________sub total $_________ Number of Extended Care Weeks________x$25

sub total $_________

Enclosed is my check #______________________TOTAL $___________ Charge my: ____Visa/MC ____Discover

Make check payable to: MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Mail to: Museum of Arts and Sciences Attn: Summer Learning Institute 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Programs Ages 10, 11, 12 & 13


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he Museum’s Education Department has a long history of creating and hosting large events and festivals of all kinds. These mission-driven events follow a curriculum of art, science, and history, or a combination of all three. Planning begins months in advance and involves multiple departments and personnel from the Museum. It is always a team effort between the education department, marketing and public relations, curatorial, maintenance, guest relations, and many individuals who all cooperate together to make these unique events come together for our members and the community as a whole.




When the Museum has an idea for an event, the first thing that is done is to check all available resources within the Museum and the community. We ask questions such as, “What are the goals and objectives of this event? Does it fit the Museum’s mission? What is the potential event budget? How will we market this event and to whom? What type of equipment will be needed and do we need to bring in outside equipment?” The final step after multiple planning meetings is the execution of the event. FLORIDA HISTORY CON The Education Department has created several large-scale educational events that have been very successful. The Florida History Con, now going on its fourth year, is a program dedicated to celebrating the great diversity of Florida’s past. Joe Vetter, a local historian and reenactor, has helped

organize the event every year since its inception. Event programs feature history reenactors, university professors, and Florida authors, all giving presentations on state and local history. This past January, reenactor Diane Jacoby, performed a magnificent living history performance on “The Three Wives of Henry Flagler.” Professors from the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida all gave presentations on their research. The event also highlighted local history exhibitors who set up tables featuring information and artifacts while they worked the event as costumed characters from the past. This year, we had over 30 exhibitors from area organizations like the Civil War Round Table, the Port Orange Historical Trust, the Ormond and DeLand Historical Trusts, and the Florida Historical Society out of Brevard County. The event has become a great networking opportunity

for organizations to exchange information, speakers, ideas, and to create awareness of their presence with the public. January’s event brought in over 500 visitors. If you have not yet attended Florida History Con, keep your calendar open for January 2019 and look for next year’s date to be announced. NATURAL HISTORY FESTIVAL Another long-running event hosted by the Education Department is the Natural History Festival, now in its 13th year. The Natural History Festival started out as a fossil festival in its earliest incarnation but expanded over the years to include other natural sciences including environmental, geology, marine science, and many others. The event is now featured as part of the Museum’s Septembers with the Smithsonian series and always features a keynote speaker from the Smithsonian Institution. The event follows the same goals of utilizing local organizations as exhibitors and inviting local, state, and national speakers to present on a variety


of topics. The Museum provides an excellent venue for visitors to view the array of natural history specimens while learning about ecological organizations available to the public. One of the key partners and exhibitors over the years has been the Florida Fossil Hunters based out of Orlando. Under the direction of Bonnie Cronin and Russel Brown, this group has provided a tremendous outreach to the event by bringing hundreds of fossils for display. They have a tireless dedication to educating the public on Florida paleontology. The Natural History Festival always invites a prominent national presenter from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. as the keynote speaker of the day. In the past, we have hosted presenters such as Dr. Valerie Paul, who presented on the health of coral reefs and Craig Saffoe, Smithsonian Zoo Biologist and Curator of Big Cats who spoke on the biodiversity of large cats from Africa and Asia. Chad Truxell from the Marine Discovery Center

in New Smyrna Beach has presented several times on topics important to the Indian River Lagoon, and Dr. William C. Parker from Florida State University spoke on the rise of the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, last year’s Natural History Festival was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. FAMILY FESTIVALS Family festivals have been another important focus for the MOAS Education Department. Events such as LEGO® Day, STEM family days, and Space Day have been very popular. LEGO® Family Day attracted over 400 visitors to participate in LEGO® building challenges, games, activities, and prizes for a day of family fun. STEM Family Day was created in conjunction with Jim Kotas and the GE Volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Spruce Creek Robotics Team. As part of his Eagle Scout Award, Nick Searles helped organize and create 15 science stations based on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The all-day event brought

over 350 visitors to participate in a fantastic informal science learning environment. Coming up on May 4, 2018, we will be hosting a new evening event for children called “Night at the Museum: May the Fourth Be With You.” Coinciding with International Star Wars Day, this will be a night of art, science, and history based on Star Wars and the science of astronomy. Another fun family day coming up on May 12, 2018, is the Museum’s 3rd Annual Muscle Car Show. In partnership with a local disc jockey and car enthusiast, Frank Roberts, this car show combines beauty, engineering, and science to showcase many of America’s greatest automobiles over the decades. Last year the Museum hosted over 100 vintage and antique cars set up in the parking lot for a oneday exhibition. DJ Frank Roberts helps to organize this event with local car clubs and also plays old-time rock-n-roll hits at the event for guests to enjoy.

When the Education Department has an idea spark, the Museum brainstorms as a team, engages with community partners, and uses event feedback to organize better events each year. Large-scale, festival style educational events create a space for academic learning in a more relaxed and informal environment. These are important events for the Museum and attract many new and repeat visitors helping to drive membership, create visibility within the community, and fulfill the mission of the Museum. Keep an eye out for more new and exciting events at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.


The summer of 2018 will bring about a celestial traffic jam, as the brightest planets in the sky converge after sunset. For the past several months, the evening sky has been devoid of planetary activity, making the view evermore dominated by the supremely distant stars and the monthly passages of the Moon waxing and waning from west to east. The planets – yet to enter the evening stage – will gradually ease into a stretched-out line across the entire sky, forming a collection of strikingly luminous points of light.

On the evening of July 27th, the planets Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus will stretch across the sky from the southeast to the west as seen in this digital representation. Located next to the full Moon, Mars will be at opposition, its closest approach to Earth and at its brightest. This is the most brilliant Mars has been since 2003, when it was closest to Earth in the past 60,000 years. Image credit: Stellarium

Even though the evening has been quiet with planet activity in 2018 until now, early morning risers at the beginning of the new year have been able to witness an impressive display of the planets, including Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn, in the east before sunrise. o the casual observer, the planets will look like stars many light years away that do not seem to twinkle (a good way to tell the difference between a star and planet). To the keen observer though, these brilliant “stars” will seem to be moving slowly across the sky from week to week, sliding past the backdrop of actual stars that form the vast constellations. The roaming nature of these bright celestial objects is the inspiration for why they are called planets. To ancient observers, specifically the Greeks thousands of years ago, they were aptly named, planētes asteres – roughly translating to “wandering stars.” The “es” was eventually dropped, along with asteres, and the term planet came into common use, not representing a giant ball of hot gas light years away, but instead a much closer and entirely unique object found within the Solar System.

The jostling of planets that will culminate in the summer show begun their positioning in March, when Venus and Mercury entered the fray just above the setting Sun low in the west. Those with unimpeded views of the western horizon in early March may have noticed a brightening Mercury that seemed to blaze past an even brighter Venus from one day to the next. Mercury's exceptional motion did not go unnoticed by ancient observers. Named after the Roman messenger god (Hermes to the Greeks), who was known for his tremendous speed, Mercury darts quickest through the sky due to the effects of a powerful gravitational tug from its close proximity to the Sun. Mercury’s orbital speed allows it to make one revolution in only 88 days. ARTS & SCIENCES MAGAZINE


This true color image of Mars was taken by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft in 2007, as it was on its way to rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The Red Planet will make its closest approach since 2003 on July 27th, when it will be at opposition - directly opposite of the Sun in the sky and at its brightest. Image credit: ESA & MPS for OSIRIS Team

The largest planet in the Solar System, Jupiter, has been making an entrance in the evening sky toward the southeast. With the famous storm, the Great Red Spot, in view along with the detailed swirling clouds that encircle the entire planet, this image was captured by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. Image credit: NASA, ESA, & A. Simon


Venus is by far the brightest planet visible and is ranked third brightest of all-natural objects seen from Earth, behind the Sun and Moon. It is commonly confused for distant aircraft and often declared as UFOs by many that notice its exceptional glow, when it hovers just above the horizon. The brightness of this planet comes from Earth’s close proximity and its super thick, highly reflective, carbon dioxide atmosphere. This dense atmosphere creates a mega greenhouse effect, warming Venus to searing temperatures up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, earning the title of the hottest planet in the Solar System. If high temperatures were not enough, sulphuric acid rain is a common occurrence, along with mind-boggling atmospheric pressure that is the equivalent of going one kilometer below the ocean. With Venus making its grand entrance into the evening sky towards the west in April, the largest planet in Earth’s planetary neighborhood, Jupiter, slowly sneaks up on the other side of the sky in the east, just before midnight.

As Earth's closest planetary neighbor and the Solar System's hottest planet, Venus's thick clouds of carbondioxide can be seen in this image taken by the Mariner 10 spacecraft in 1974. Venus, which can reach temperatures of 900 degrees Fahrenheit, began to enter the evening sky last March towards the west and will be in this area of the sky until the fall. Image credit: NASA/JPL This wide shot of Saturn, taken by the now retired Cassini spacecraft, reveals the gaseous nature and intricate ring system that make this planet famous. Saturn enters the evening sky in the southeast in May, as it has been slowly drifting away from the planet Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

By mid-March, Mercury reached what is called its greatest eastern elongation – a fancy way of indicating that Mercury reached its highest point in the evening sky. This was the best time to view Mercury until it made the steady plunge back into the glare of the Sun through the rest of the month. As usual, Venus steals the show as it slowly rises higher in the west above the Sun as April begins. Known as the Evening or Morning Star because of its brilliant star-like appearance, Venus will take refuge in the evening sky all the way until October.

Planets in the outer Solar System, such as Jupiter, are immensely far from the Sun, and move much slower in their orbital paths through Earth’s sky. So as Earth makes its orbital trek around the Sun, planets like Jupiter (takes 12 years to make one revolution) slowly move across the sky from east to west, barely shifting through the starry background. Jupiter, in this case, spends the spring and early summer in the zodiac constellation of Libra the Scales. Jupiter is another one of the brightest objects in the sky behind Venus. Even though Jupiter is much farther away than Venus is from Earth, its colossal size makes it very noticeable, even hundreds of millions of miles away. Jupiter is appropriately named after the Roman god of the gods (Zeus to the Greeks), boasting a diameter that could fit about ten planet Earths across and with 318 times more mass. Even in a relatively small telescope, its multicolored bands of clouds and its extensive collection of moons can be viewed with ease. As the middle of May closes out the famous winter constellation of Orion, Jupiter will then reach opposition – meaning it will be placed opposite of the Sun in the sky, and at its closest point to Earth, roughly 588 million kilometers in distance. This is when the planet is brightest and is potentially visible for the entire night. Not far behind Jupiter is the beautifully ringed planet Saturn, making a slow and steady entrance into the evening sky through May as well. At almost twice the distance from the Sun than Jupiter (1.4 billion kilometers), Saturn crawls even slower against the backdrop of stars, keeping it firmly stationed in the half-man, half-horse constellation of Sagittarius, for most of the year. Saturn is certainly a favorite among telescope users. Even at its greater distance from Earth than Jupiter, Saturn still shines brightly with a highly reflective atmosphere. Of course, the extensive rings around this gas giant are quite spectacular. The rather small chunks of ice and rock that

compose these rings are only about one kilometer thick, but their super reflectivity sharply contrasts them against the deep darkness of outer space. Just after the beginning of summer, Saturn will finally reach opposition in the sky towards the eastern horizon. This elevates Saturn to its highest brightness, and again will be visible for the entire night. As the month of July approaches, the final actor to enter the planetary stage is the planet, Mars. Named after the Roman god of War (Ares to the Greeks), Mars shines with a fiery red tinge as it climbs from the eastern sky after sunset. This cold planet close to Earth gains its brownish-red hue from its abundance of iron oxide, or rust, which covers the surface. The vast rustiness of Mars may have derived from an early wet history, when the planet may have been very much like Earth, billions of years ago. This has always made Mars an intriguing destination for orbiting spacecraft and remotecontrolled rovers that have scoured the surface in search for the ingredients that could sustain life. Mars is also the prime destination for future human missions, making it a target for spacefaring nations as well as commercial companies around the world.

Although Mars arrives late to the scene by July, it will certainly put on the greatest show this summer. When it finally reaches opposition by July 27th, Mars will be the closest and most brilliant it has been since 2003, making it the second brightest planet in the sky behind Venus. The 2003 opposition of Mars was actually the closest the planet was to Earth since 60,000 years before that year. This 2018 opposition will be fairly close as well, bringing Mars just under two million kilometers farther than the 2003 opposition, at about 58 million kilometers from Earth. Unfortunately, the 2003 close approach to Mars brought about the Mars Hoax email that claimed the Red Planet would be as large as the full Moon during its historic opposition. This email persisted for years, creeping up from time to time, and making the rounds on the internet by creating false buzz about the visibility of the planet. More than likely, this email will resurface in many forms on social media and other outlets (now you know to expect it). Even at its closest possible proximity to Earth in its orbit, Mars will never be anywhere as large or as bright as the full Moon. However, Mars will still be a spectacular sight to see. As a grand finale, by late July, and into August, going from west to east just after sunrise, will be the planets Venus, Jupiter,

Saturn, and Mars - all shining brilliantly and spaced fairly evenly across the sky. This impressive arching alignment of the planets will highlight the ecliptic path – marking the plane of the Solar System, where the Sun seems to drift through the sky as the Earth orbits around it. Spend some time this summer gazing up at the night sky as the ebbing and flowing of the Solar System will be on full display. Just look up!

To celebrate this momentous planetary display along with a full Moon, the MOAS Planetarium team will be hosting the “Summer of Planets Viewing Party” on the late evening of July 27th, when Mars will be closest in 15 years. There will be a plethora of telescopes set up outside on the new MOAS entrance courtyard, special planetarium shows about the night sky and Mars, hands-on astronomy activities inside the Museum, and food trucks stationed in the parking lot loop. Stay tuned for more information on the MOAS website ( and Facebook page (MOASDaytona).

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