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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History offering two new exhibits devoted to insects, starting tonight

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013
The macrophotograph "Paraphidippus aurantius," depicting a highly magnified male jumping spider, is featured in the new "Beautiful Beasts: The Unseen Life of Oklahoma Spiders and Insects" exhibit at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
The macrophotograph "Paraphidippus aurantius," depicting a highly magnified male jumping spider, is featured in the new "Beautiful Beasts: The Unseen Life of Oklahoma Spiders and Insects" exhibit at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History offering two new exhibits devoted to insects
Beginning with a free opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, the museum is featuring “Bugs…Outside the Box” and “Beautiful Beasts: The Unseen Life of Oklahoma Spiders and Insects.”

NORMAN –The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is unleashing insects of all sizes on its visitors. That’s because the museum is offering two new exhibits devoted to one particular fear many of us face: bugs.

Beginning with a free opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, the museum is featuring “Bugs…Outside the Box” and “Beautiful Beasts: The Unseen Life of Oklahoma Spiders and Insects.”

The exhibits showcase the wonder and beauty of our small friends in different ways.

“Bugs…Outside the Box” presents a selection of greatly enlarged insect sculptures, each showcasing the beauty hidden within the tiny beasts of the natural world. Butterflies with 5-foot wingspans and 4-feet-long beetles that can stare you square in the eye are just two examples of the sculptures on display in the unusual exhibition. Using powerful magnification and actual specimens of each animal, artist Lorenzo Possenti creates each sculpture with remarkable accuracy.

“Beautiful Beasts” depicts stunning images of insects through immense color macrophotographs alongside descriptions of where and how the photographs were taken. The exhibit chronicles photographer Thomas Shahan’s tireless search for arthropods, a venture that has made him into an outspoken advocate for education about the role they play in our lives. “Beautiful Beasts” is made possible, in part, by the Norman Arts Council Grant Program.

During the opening reception, the museum hopes to turn fear into fascination with entertainment from the Bug Chicks, insect scientists whose mission is to provide a fresh look on insects and spiders. The Bug Chicks are sure to change the way people think about spiders, insects and other anthropods with performances and silly anecdotes about bugs.

Other activities throughout the museum include a multitude of bug-themed fun, including edible bugs and bug products, bug sounds and a table for children to build their own bug. Summit Toys has provided a donation of Backyard Safari gear to hand out to children during the reception.

The celebration continues with complimentary admission to the museum on Saturday and Sunday. As always, the museum will offer free admission this coming Monday for Free First Monday, sponsored by University of Oklahoma Outreach. While visitors are taking advantage of free admission on Saturday, the Bug Chicks will continue their entertainment with two additional performances.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue. For more information, go to www.snomnh.ou.edu.

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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