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    UAMA illuminates the night with art, music and light


    The UA Museum Of Art opens its doors to the public for a luminous installment of Friday Night Art tomorrow night.

    Gina Compitello-Moore, the marketing manager for the art museum, said that the event features locally resourced music, art and fun, as the art museum invites its guests to a night that explores the intersection of light and art in all its forms. With help from the College of Optical Sciences and the UA Department of Astronomy, the art museum hopes to give the public a chance to experience the museum in an entirely new way, according to Compitello-Moore.

    “The whole theme of the event will be on light and it’s effect in all aspects of art,” Compitello-Moore said. “We hope to show, especially to those on campus, that the museum is open for all those who want to come and experience the exhibits and galleries.”

    Compitello-Moore said that the Friday Night Art event is free to the public. For those who are not members at the art museum, she suggests sharing a $10 donation to help fund the art museum’s education programs and exhibitions. All ages are encouraged to come and experience the light-art.

    The event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Night of Light invites attendees to participate in a variety of special events. Guests can also experience several of the art museum’s new exhibitions, including “Wavelength: The Art of Light,” Compitello-Moore said. Throughout the event’s entire duration, a light-themed photo booth will be open for guest use. She said guests can share photos on social media for a chance to win various prizes.

    The night’s first special event, Art Sprouts for Adults, starts at 5 p.m. All guests will be encouraged to participate in the program. Inspired by the art museum’s family preschool program—where children explore works of art, art objects and materials—adults will be encouraged to make galaxy paintings and view selected children’s artworks from the actual program. A telescope viewing provided by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the museum.

    At 6 p.m. in the main gallery, a virtual journey ensues as special guest, Jeremy Huw Williams, a talented Welsh baritone, will perform Francis Poulenc’s “Le travail du peintre,” and read select poems from Paul Eluard. Paula Fan will accompany him, playing piano during his show. The performance references several influential artists of Paris in the Golden Twenties, such as Daniel Picasso and Paul Klee.

    “During the performance, the museum will be bringing out pieces by the artists referenced out of the vault for this very special performance,” Compitello-Moore said.

    According to Compitello-Moore, the Friday Night Art event happens twice every year. The event itself is part of the art museum’s Month of Light, a celebration inspired by the U.N.s’ unanimous declaration that 2015 is the International Year of Light.

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