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Art museum schedules family activities as part of new Escher exhibit

Posted October 12, 2015

The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will open its latest special exhibit, The Worlds of M.C. Escher, this weekend. Along with the exhibit, featuring dozens of woodcuts, lithographs, drawings and more, the museum also is planning a host of family-friendly activities to go along with it.

They include everything from a PancakeBot!! to tours designed for kids and their adults. Tickets to this special exhibit are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors age 65 and up, military, groups of 10 or more and college students with a current ID; $12 for kids ages 7 to 18; and free for kids 6 and under, members on their first visit and, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, for college students with current ID.

Here's the schedule of family-friendly activities with descriptions from the art museum. The exhibit runs through Jan. 17 at the west Raleigh museum. Find more details, including registration information for some of them, on the museum's website.

Escher Opening Day Pancake Breakfast Featuring the PancakeBot, Saturday, Oct. 17. Seating times are 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per person for the breakfast (but not admission to the exhibit). Kids 2 and under are free. Experience an exhibition opening like no other with tessellated pancakes! PancakeBot inventor Miguel Valenzuela and his daughter Lily will be on hand to design and create Escher-inspired pancakes. Buffet breakfast includes a custom Escher pancake, classic pancakes, bacon, fruit, and beverages.

Special Family Tour of The Worlds of M. C. Escher, Saturday, Oct. 17, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. For families with kids and grandkids ages 6 to 12. First come, first served. Free 30-minute tour (with paid exhibition ticket) for individuals and groups of up to eight. Meet at the exhibition entrance.

Special Pop-Up Art on Opening Weekend of The Worlds of M. C. Escher, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18. (Weather permitting). Special pop-up art activities inspired by special exhibition The Worlds of M. C. Escher, including BetaBox maker space demonstrations.

Teen Workshop: Printmaking in Escher’s World, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 7. Cost is $15 for museum members, $20 for nonmembers. Explore the convergence of math and visual art in the Escher exhibition. Under the guidance of local artist Derek Toomes, experiment with printmaking and create your own works of art. Register by Tuesday, Nov. 3. All materials provided.

Family Fun Saturday: Optical Illusions, 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 21. For families with kids ages 5 to 11. The cost is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Discover the unusual worlds of M. C. Escher, and create a work of art that fools the eye. Gallery tour plus studio workshops for families. A different theme each time means there’s always something new to discover. Please note: All participants (children and adults) must have a ticket. These popular workshops sell out quickly, so reserve your spot early.

Special Family Tours of The Worlds of M. C. Escher for families with kids (or grandkids) ages 6 to 12. Sign up at the Box Office that day; first come, first served. Free 30-minute tour (with paid exhibition ticket) for individuals and groups of up to eight. Meet at the exhibition entrance. Offered at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Nov. 15, Dec. 12, Dec. 13, Jan. 9 and Jan. 10.

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  • George Brown Dec 31, 2015
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    This artist is a poster and design expert but this work is certainly not fine art. He is very popular with drug cultures and introspects. I do not wish to detract from his body of work, either. Popular during earlier times.