Friday, March 14, 2014

Peanuts coming soon to the Keller Gallery!

Charlie Brown is in trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lucy knows the Earth has 48 suns, and Snoopy and Linus are planting French fries in the garden.  These are just a few of the misadventures and explanations gone wrong as the Peanuts Gang explores the natural world—what other trouble will they find?!

Peanuts… Naturally opens in the Keller Gallery on May 23 with a free opening reception from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  The exhibition takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations. Visitors get a Peanuts-eye view of the universe, “web of nature,” trees, birds, the elements (snow, wind, rain, and clouds), gardening, and Charlie Brown’s EPA escapade. Activity stations allow kids of all ages, from pre-school to adults, to learn more about and appreciate the wonders of the natural world. 

Schulz, who created the Peanuts comic strip for nearly 50 years, was immensely curious, an avid reader, and took a keen interest in the latest research findings in a variety of fields. It is not a surprise that many of these findings and facts found their way into Schulz’s comic strip carefully interpreted through his characters’ unique, and sometimes wacky, understanding of their world.

Peanuts… Naturally is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California.  It will be on view through August 17.

SAVE THE DATE!  We will be having a “Spaghetti at Six” for kids and families on August 7 with a special program focused on the environmental themes in Peanuts…Naturally.  (This is a play on our popular adult lecture series “Soup at Six.”)

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