Turtle Bay Exploration Park is excited to welcome three exhibitions new to the Park this season: Peanuts… Naturally, Water’s Extreme Journey, and Mt. Shasta: The Artists’ Muse as well as, once again, hosting the Famous Artists Annual Student Art Exhibition: Images of the North State. This jam-packed exhibition season kicks off during Redding’s Cultural Cruise from 4-8pm on Friday, January 29. Water’s Extreme Journey, Mt. Shasta: The Artists’ Muse, and Famous Artists Annual Student Art Exhibition all open that night and admission to the Museum is free to the public from 4-8pm. Peanuts…Naturally opens to the public the following week, on Friday, February 5.
Water’s Extreme Journey, presented by Redding Public Works, takes guests on the journey of a lifetime through the entire water cycle in this giant, interactive maze loaded with fun, full body and hands-on activities for the whole family. Visitors experience the watershed as a water drop, exploring first-hand the science behind the water cycle. But it’s not all wet and wild—through powerful interactives and local messaging, visitors realize that daily decisions can immediately improve the watershed in their own backyard. Water’s Extreme Journey is created and traveled by Minotaur Mazes. (Open Jan. 29 – May 1, 2016)
Mt. Shasta: the Artists’ Muse was curated by Jamie Blankenship, Turtle Bay’s Exhibit Assistant, and serves the Museum Art Gallery Experience Program requirements, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo Foundation and Jack & Kristen Schreder. Mount Shasta has been an artistic inspiration from the beginning of explorations into the American West. Through examining the formal aspects of select paintings and prints, as well as looking at artworks as a series of decisions that an artist made, it is the aim of Mt. Shasta: The Artists’ Muse to interpret the artists’ decisions in how they represented the mountain and how their representation may have been affected by their purpose for making an image of Mount Shasta—whether they were an artist, scientist, or cartographer, etc. See our region’s icon through the eyes of artists such as William Keith, Edward Currier, and Frank LaPena featured in our permanent collection. (Open Jan. 29 – Mar. 11, 2016)
Famous Artists Annual Student Art Exhibition: Images of the North State is supported by Friends of the Arts Gold Members: Sue & Skip Tescher. View works from local K-8 students who experienced significant Famous Artist program artworks and created their own pieces in response, reflecting what they see around Redding. (Open Jan. 29 – Apr. 30, 2016)
Peanuts…Naturally, presented by Record Searchlight and Dennis & Sherrill Bambauer and supported by Dr. Ron Reece, takes a lighthearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations. Charlie Brown is in trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency, 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 is organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA. (Open Feb. 5 – May 1, 2016)