Unzip the Whimsy of Plants with Artist-In-Residence, Liz Harvey


The Bay Area Discovery Museum invites visitors to participate in leaf-secrets, an ongoing, interactive art project with Artist-In-Residence, Liz Harvey 

What secrets do plants have? This January and February, visitors to the Bay Area Discovery Museum will interact with a sculptural zipper plant by Artist-In-Residence, Liz Harvey, and participate in the elements of a plant’s life cycle from seedling to bloom. Using fabrics, colors, lines, textures and shapes, Museum friends will learn more about the inner workings and growth stages of a plant with a spirit of inquiry and whimsy.

The Artist-in-Residence program is part of the Museum’s seasonal arts programming, which provides visitors the opportunity to discover the world around them in new and innovative ways. By encouraging families to explore diverse materials, tools and techniques, the Museum creates an environment that stimulates creativity, and allows visitors to express their feelings, thoughts and ideas through art. Liz Harvey’s residency will include a number of open-studio hours, Artist Workshops and an opening party. Events are open to all visitors and are free with Museum admission.

The first of six open-studio days, when visitors are encouraged to play with the work and chat with the artist, is Friday, January 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first of four Artist Workshops is Sunday, January 18, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., during which time visitors can engage in a hands-on project with the artist. On Sunday, February 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., visitors are invited to the Opening Party for food, special programming and the reveal of the fully bloomed leaf-secrets. For more information on leaf-secrets, Liz Harvey or the Artist-In-Residence program, visit BayKidsMuseum.org/leafsecrets. 

About the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Creative thinking begins early in every child’s life. It enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don’t. It unlocks possibilities and fosters innovation. It provides the fundamental building blocks for success in school and beyond.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is designed to ignite creative thinking in children. The 7.5 acres of natural beauty inspires families to engage in a world of possibilities. Framed by the majestic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, the museum is a space for imaginations to run wild. Every curated detail of our exhibits brings creative thinking to life for all stages of childhood. Navigate winding tunnels to develop physical and intellectual risk-taking skills. Feel the rush of cold-water tide pools that surprise and awaken curiosity. Imagine new worlds by transforming into a spider, a ship captain, or a bridge builder. At every turn is a new opportunity to challenge the boundaries of creativity.

Now we are taking these experiences beyond our physical location. We launched the Center for Childhood Creativity in 2011 to pioneer new research, thought-leadership, and teacher training programs that advance creative thinking in all children—extending our impact beyond the Museum.

Our mission: To ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

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