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Fernbank gets ready to open colorful exhibit

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Fernbank Museum will offer a vivid immersion into the science of color in the new special exhibit that will open in February.

“The Nature of Color” will be on view at the museum February 11 through May 7 of 2023.

A statement from museum officials said: “Our world is covered in color — it’s woven so tightly into our lives that we rarely stop to question what it is and how it works. Where do colors come from? The new exhibit offers an in-depth exploration of the way color carries information in nature, including how organisms use it to find food, warn off predators and reproduce. The exhibit also delves into the use of color across cultures, where different colors can signal a wide range of meanings, impact emotions and ultimately influence the society around us.

This fun and family friendly exhibit features models, cultural objects, media and interactive components that will invite visitors to play and experiment. Guests will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of imagery, interactivity and exploration and can interact with activities such as a “painting” on a floor-to-ceiling canvas using just their hands.

They also can experience a colorchanging room, featuring a light lab experiment that provides the opportunity to combine colors to make white light.

“The Nature of Color” also brings with it three displays that delve more into the specificities of color.

♦ “Feeling Color” allows guests to create different pigmented combinations to see how their creation affects their emotions.

♦ “Making Color” demonstrates the process of dyeing fabric and the history behind this process.

♦ “Meaning of Color” teaches guests how colors can create a shared identity and shows this through the color red and its use from cave art all the way to college sports.

For those who have ever pondered the influence of hue on society — from guiding emotions and the way animals interact in nature to the history of color production — “The Nature of Color” aims to answer these explorative questions and showcase the ways that color ultimately influences every aspect of our lives, museum officials said.

Another highlight of “The Nature of Color” is an installation of portraits by Brazilian photographer Angélica Dass, whose work showcases the diversity of human skin tones to challenge socially constructed racial categories and celebrate the beauty and diversity of humans around the world. Also featured is a red chiffon and organza gown by American designer Brandon Maxwell that was created specifically for the exhibit.

Fernbank will celebrate the opening of The Nature of Color with a special family-friendly Discovery Day on February 11, featuring a range of activities that explore color, including a special demonstration with Fernbank’s youth volunteers to creatively paint a life-sized bear model provided by Behr Paint.

The Nature of Color is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York and local presentation is made possible by Behr Paint Company, one of the largest manufacturers of paints, primers, decorative finishes, stains and surface preparation products.

“The Nature of Color” is included with general admission at Fernbank and with CityPASS.

For more information, go to FernbankMuseum.org.

At the fourth annual Wreaths Across America ceremony held in mid-December at Lawrenceville’s East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, 350 veterans were honored as more than 150 people participated in a ceremony that included laying a fresh balsam wreath at every gravesite and reciting aloud the names of those who served.

The commemoration was hosted by the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a volunteer women’s community service organization who for more than 130 years has promoted historic preservation, patriotism and education.

The event included ceremonial wreaths honoring each branch of the military and also honored the nearly 95,000 POW/MIA veterans who have never returned home to their families. The wreaths, complete with red bows, were made in Maine for Wreaths Across America, whose stated mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach the next generation the value of freedom. More than 3,300 locations nationwide and abroad received veterans’ wreaths for ceremonies.

Among the participants in the local commemoration were the Georgia State Society, Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard and Milita, the Elisha Winn Society Children of the American Revolution, the Parkview High School Marines JROTC Cadets and women’s groups and several Boy Scouts and Girl Scout troops, American Legion Auxiliary and VFW organizations.

Special guests included Gwinnett County Commission Chari Nicole Hendrickson, District Three Commissioner Jasper Watkins III and Lawrenceville Mayor David Still. Colonel John Haynes, U.S. Air Force (retired), a resident of Lilburn, was the guest speaker.

The National Anthem was led by the Philadelphia Winn Chapter chaplain Connie Rifkind and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by siblings Nick and Rebecca Hamrick, members of the Elish Winn Society Children of the American Revolution. The Georgia Society SAR Color Guard and Milita presented colors, performed a three-musket volley and played Taps to conclude the ceremony.

For more information on the Philadelphia Winn Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, visit www.philadelphiawinn.blogspot.com.

Supporting the 11Alive/Salvation Army Can-A-Thon has been an annual school-wide tradition at Greater Atlanta Christian School for the past decade.

This year the GAC community again came together in the fight against food insecurity in the Gwinnett County community and beyond by collecting 22,563 non-perishables, which were delivered to the Salvation Army on Dec. 2.

Students from infant to 12th grade rallied their efforts for the past month in varying ways to accomplish their goals. Different incentives and competitions all spurred the number of cans to grow.

On Can-A-Thon collection day, each school level’s service and leadership groups lent a hand collecting, counting, boxing, packing, and delivering food. On-site at Salvation Army, the GAC Concert Choir serenaded volunteers with spirited Christmas music while student leaders unloaded boxes and presented the donations for the 11Alive/Salvation Army Can-A-Thon.

Although Santa Claus has come and gone, there’s still time for plenty of “Winter Wonderland” fun to be had at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands through New Year’s Day.

There are several holiday packages available at Legacy Lodge, the landmark hotel at Lanier Islands, including the Winter Family Fun Package, which is available for groups of two or four. Highlights include overnight accommodations, passes for snow tubing, carnival rides, ice skating and more at Margaritaville’s License to Chill Show Island, and breakfast the next morning at Sidney’s.

After Christmas Day, the focus at Lake Lanier Islands shifted to ringing in 2023 with a pair of New Year’s Eve events and accommodation offerings.

The New Year’s Eve Celebration is an adults-only package featuring overnight accommodations, two tickets to a party and dinner buffet in the Legacy Lodge Ballroom, dancing to the music of Moxie, an open bar during the celebration, a champagne toast at midnight, a New Year’s Day brunch for two and late check out on New Year’s Day.

There’s also the New Year’s Eve Family Fun Celebration, which includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the party and dinner buffet in the ballroom, dancing, open bar, champagne toast at midnight and two tickets to Lanier Islands’ New Year’s Eve Kids Party, complete with dinner, crafts, games, a movie and more. Also included is a New Year’s Day brunch for four and late check out, followed by a day for four at License to Chill Snow Island. For visitors reserving a LakeHouse or Villa room, a four-seater resort cart rental is also included.

License to Chill Snow Island will be open to the public daily through January 4 and on the weekends until February 26.

For more information, visit www.lanierislands.com

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