Embark on a day of space adventure with astronaut Alan Bean and more at Clay Center

Title: Embark on a day of space adventure with astronaut Alan Bean and more at Clay Center
Location: One Clay Square, Charleston, WV 25301 (304)561-3570
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Description: Go beyond our home planet for an all-out space adventure with a series of exciting activities, including the grand opening of NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration and a free artist lecture by former astronaut Captain Alan Bean. On Saturday, Feb. 12, families can make it a day of space-themed fun with a special Blast Pass to enjoy these attractions and so much more at the Clay Center.

Explore art in a whole new frontier as the fourth man to walk on the moon shares the magnificence of the universe through his extraordinary paintings in “First Artist on Another World” with Alan Bean. Since becoming one of the elite dozen astronauts to ever walk on the moon, Alan Bean has dedicated himself to the art of painting his memories of Apollo. His art weaves the technology of one of humankind’s greatest achievements with an artist’s firsthand account of the experience. Lunar landscapes, portraits of fellow moonwalkers and views of Earth from space capture the spirit of Apollo.

Complete your space experience with the special Blast Pass for just $9, which includes Clay Center gallery admission and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Blast Off! performance. Add a giant screen film at the discounted rate of $3 or a planetarium show for just $2.

The day’s schedule of out-of-this-world fun includes:

* WVSO presents Blast Off!, 11 a.m. – Maestro Grant Cooper and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform your favorite music inspired by and featured in movies like “Star Wars,” “Apollo 13,” “E.T.” and many others.
* A View From Space, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – See the world from a satellite’s perspective with the Clay Center’s newest hands-on science exhibit. Plus, get an up close look at a real moon rock from the Apollo 17 mission.
* NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Adults and kids alike will marvel at the work of Captain Bean and other acclaimed artists in this exhibit featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs and other media highlighting the private moments, triumphant victories and tragic accidents formed the storied history of NASA. The exhibit includes works by Annie Leibovitz, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and more.
* “First Artist on Another World” with Captain Alan Bean, 2 p.m.
* NASA: Race for Space planetarium show, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Audience will discover the history, accomplishments and ground-breaking work of one of the most important organizations in the history of astronomy and space travel in this exclusive Clay Center planetarium show.

NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. NASA: Race for Space is sponsored by Bayer CropScience. “First Artist on Another World” with Captain Alan Bean is sponsored by the Clay Center’s Collectors Club, Callen & Tom McJunkin and Kasey & Jamie McJunkin.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is just $5.50 for children and $7 for adults. Films and planetarium shows are additional. For more information on Clay Center exhibits, activities and events, call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org

Date: 2011-02-11