Last week I turned 30. To celebrate, I had the opening of Now You See It! The Slime Mold Revelation: an exhibit about art about slime mold that has taken over my life and the lives of everyone around me for the last 9 months. Friends and family came from near and far, and because I was on the local NPR station, lots of friendly strangers came, too.
Accordion book-style graphics, printed on wood-covered cardboard, tell the stories of 4 centuries of artists devoted to slime molds.
Upon entering, one finds a cabinet of slime mold-related curiosities. Gaze upon specimens through magnifying lenses. View artists' takes on those specimens. Wonder at the robot-cut plasmodium.
The cabinets give visitors a sense of diverse species thriving in diverse environments over a long period of time.
Folks can view sparkly Diachea leucopodia through a microscope, draw it, and add their drawing to a giant twig.
In order to appropriately deck out the kid's corner of the Library, my science illustrator friend Laura Frick and I led a workshop for kids at the Audubon Society summer camp. I turned the kids' illustrations into "stained glass."