Monday, April 28, 2014

The Peanuts are coming to the Keller Gallery!!

Snoopy is doing a Happy Dance because he's on his way to Canton, Ohio!
Peanuts...Naturally opens in the Keller Gallery on Friday May 23 with a FREE reception from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

We're excited to host this unique exhibition that examines the natural world through the eyes of the Peanuts characters.  Since our mission includes science, I like to use the Keller Gallery to showcase a science-themed exhibition every few years.

Here are a few of the comic strips visitors will see in the exhibition:

All graphics courtesy of the Charles M. Schulz Museum

Here is some more information about the exhibition, provided by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California:

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 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. 

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