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After Hours: Dog Days of Summer

Wednesday | August 14, 2019 | 5:00 pm8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening at the museum, open until 8:30 pm for this After Hours event. Whether you’re sketching, photographing, painting, or coloring, let inspiration be your guide as you curate your evening from a host of activities, including a show in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Weather permitting, telescope observation will be offered on the Ruth and John Huss Observation Deck.

Special specimens will be on display for this event: Celebrate canines and their kin with a collection of skulls from wolves, coyotes, foxes and dogs, with a special nod to the dogs that were the first cosmonauts in space.

Join Solution Studio guest maker Terry McDaniel to learn about the fascinating world of honey bees and the importance of planting native flowering plants to support pollinators. Participate in a collaborative craft project to make a fabric bee garden using supplied materials.  

Activities free with gallery admission. Planetarium ticket fees apply.

Resident Artist On Site

Sketches by Bell resident artist Anna Cerelia Battistini

5–8:30 pm

Bell resident artist Anna Cerelia Battistini is a sculpture and fiber artist from St. Paul who is working on a series of large paper lanterns exploring extinct and threatened species from Minnesota. 

Tonight, she will study and sketch dioramas and specimens as she drafts animal, insect, and plant rattan lantern frames. Learn more about Battistini’s project and see her work in progress.

Come back in September to join Anna’s free paper ornament workshop, and in October to see her finished project. 

Cross-Pollination Reading Series.

5:30–7 pm

Assistive Listening Devices available iconLocation: Big Rivers Garden  (outdoors)
Free, gallery admission is not included

The Bell hosts Theodisia Henney and her Cross-Pollination Reading Series, funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Cross-Pollination asks writers to share poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in a habitat reflective of the concerns of the work; namely, to take environmentally-themed work to the outdoors. This offers readers and listeners the chance to experience the written and voiced word in the context of an ecosystem, and invites reflection on our own place and agency within the landscapes we all inhabit.

Theodosia Henney is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Henney is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Creative Writing MFA program and likes to keep several varieties of honey on hand, “for science.”

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Emily Strasser
Miriam Karraker
Connor Simons
Gao Vang


6 pm: Minnesota in the Cosmos
7 pm: Minnesota Night Sky

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Advance tickets for planetarium shows are available up to three weeks ahead of time via the link above. If you are a current Bell member, please log in first to receive your discounted tickets.

*In the case of inclement weather, observing will be canceled.


Wednesday | August 14, 2019
5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Bell Museum
2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

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