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Rockwell Ambassador-Only Summer Party featuring Artist Shannah Warwick

Thursday, August 22, 2024

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab

Advance registration required by 5:00 p.m. on August 21 

Rockwell Ambassadors at Individual Level: Admit 1 

Rockwell Ambassadors at Dual Level and above: Admit Up to 2 

Rockwell Ambassadors and their guests are invited to a fun, felt-filled evening with artist Shannah Warwick. Enjoy tasty bites and beverages as you learn the story behind Warwick’s Curious Apothecary exhibition and its characters. Hear about the artist’s creative process and immerse yourself into the Curious Apothecary world as Shannah leads you through a needle felting workshop. Guests will explore using Warwick’s artistic process and create their own unique, Guardian of Creativity character to take home.    

Rockwell Ambassadors will also have an opportunity to hear what’s new at The Rockwell and vote for an all-new Rockwell Ambassador acquisition to the Museum’s permanent collection.  

Curiosity and silliness are encouraged!  

Not a Rockwell Ambassador? Join now to enjoy unique opportunities like this! Not a member but interested in learning more about this and future Ambassador events? Email membership@rockwellmuseum.org

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What Activities and Projects to Expect?   

  • Cave of Creativity – Crawl through and play in a spiral shell cave that houses a kaleidoscope, a spyglass, texture pads, a sound station, and a series of nooks, niches, doors and knobs to seek, open and explore. The Cave of Creativity was created by artists Tony Moretti and Gwen Quigley. 
  • Magic Mandalas – Create your own tabletop mandala design using natural and synthetic materials. Visitors will be encouraged to incorporate symmetry, geometry and Fibonacci patterns into their designs.  
  • What’s That Smell? – Amidst the sensory delights, this activity invites you to examine the aromas of the plants and herbs that populate the shelves around you.  
  • Guardians of Creativity – Transform a blob of clay into a magical Guardian of Creativity creature using googly eyes, markers, pipe cleaners, feathers and flowers.  
  • Curious Word Game – Craft your own story using an assortment of words and emoji symbols inspired by an AI image. Generate the image first by playing the “Curious Word Game,” a digital version of Mad Libs connected to the Guardians of Creativity on view. This station prompts reflection on the intersection of human ingenuity and machine intelligence, giving participants a glimpse into Warwick’s creative process.  
  • Rainbow Plant Mix-Up – Draw and create your own imaginary plant species by tracing botanical shapes, stems, flowers and elements inspired by plants that grow locally.  

In addition to these featured projects and activities, the book and block area, toddler project table, felt tree activity and puppet theater will remain in the space. There will also be a new magnetic puzzle, matching game and more to explore! 

About the Artist

Shannah Warwick

Shannah Warwick is a Fiber Artist and educator, specializing in needle felting, nunofelting and hand-dyeing techniques. What began as a small line of wearable art has blossomed into large-scale installations featured in galleries and museums. Inspired by emotions, street fashion, maximalist and eclectic collections, Shannah’s creativity knows no bounds. Her upbringing on a farm, experiences in large cities, and return to rural surroundings infuse her work with a unique perspective that challenges perceptions and encourages introspection. 

While Warwick’s art is thought-provoking and challenges societal norms, she also embraces her silly, wild side, tapping into her inner child to create pieces that bring laughter and joy. With intentionality at every step, from color and material choices to the incorporation of technology and AI, Warwick strives to leave her mark on the world through immersive installations that invite viewers to explore and connect with the worlds she creates, inspired by both light and dark aspects of life. 

Shannah Warwick’s Curious Apothecary is made possible by Mary Spurrier.  

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