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20181107 IMAS Bldg 2304 GUSaying that rather than import big collections for exhibits that require charging of additional entry costs, Education Director Claudia Martinez, said the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) in McAllen has decided to feature their own collections and collections of local museums that can be easily traded. The museum will concentrate on offering art and science activities to patrons instead.

When the Winter Texan Times arrived, Martinez was in the museum’s art studio working on sugar skulls to be used for the annual Day of the Dead celebration to be held that Saturday. She and fellow artists were preparing 100 sugar skulls from sugar, powdered meringue and water to be colored by those who attended the festival.

Martinez said the museum offers adult art lessons on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Classes vary and include drawing, painting, sculpture and other forms of art.

But the art studio is open every day and there are artists on duty to teach all kinds of art skills each week to those who come to the museum. The art skill for the week was Zen ink drawing.

There are also Saturday workshops with changing themes such as sculpture or charcoal drawing. Because these workshops require more supplies, they cost $25, which includes admission to the museum. They start at 10 a.m. and run to 11:30 a.m.

In addition to art activities, the museum has a new interactive planetarium that has proven to be quite popular. Patrons can click on planets and learn facts about that planet. The new interactive planetarium will allow patrons to imagine landing on the moon or the surface of Mars. Exploration of objects in deep space is also possible.

Times vary for use so patrons should call ahead (956-681-2300) and check when it will be demonstrated on the day they plan to visit. It can also be booked for private viewings. The planetarium holds up to 50 people at one time.

The museum also offers visiting artists and science professors who discuss topics such as, anthropology, art history, cultural history, and other science topics. Check the museum’s schedule for upcoming events.

Each Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. there is a guided tour of the current exhibit on display. Staff will discuss the history of the exhibit and the artist who is featured and the techniques he or she used.

One current display is “Latin List” featuring the photography of Timothy Greenfield Sanders. It is on loan from the San Antonio Museum of Art and will be at IMAS until Jan. 6, 2019.

Another exhibit is “Clean Water Here” created by Global Photography. It will be on display through Mar. 31.

Local artist Nancy Moyer has a display of jewelry she has created called “Truth & Rumor.” It addresses current perceptions about the Texas-Mexico border and especially ideas about the border wall. This exhibit ends November 25.

“Migrations” by Cynthia Minot is on loan from the Blanton Museum in Austin and features 2D and 3D glass sculptures of migrating Roseate Spoonbills made from recycled materials. Spoonbills are native to southeast coastal regions but that migrate all the way to South America. This exhibit ends Dec. 9.

Martinez said the traditional Christmas tree forest will open November 18 and run through the beginning of January. This very popular event is open to community groups, schools and scout troops. This year’s theme is Christmas in the Future.”

In 2019, look for exhibits on the folk arts of Mexico and Latin America. There will also Hutichol musical instruments, and Native American art featuring bee designs on display.

Martinez said the rocks and minerals exhibit is always on display and never seems to lose popularity.

IMAS is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with the exception of the first Thursday of each month when it is open until 8 p.m. Friday hours are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

It will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day and Easter Sunday.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and students with ID’s and $4 for children 4 to 12.

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