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The art of Alex Ross with a bang

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Coming this fall to a museum near you: “Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross” and a superhero opening celebration.

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, 13 N. Madison St., Quincy, celebrates superheroes and the incredible work of Marvel Comics illustrator Alex Ross with fun experiences for all ages at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. All superheroes, children and museum members are admitted free.

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Come dressed as your favorite comic book character and get free entry to the opening celebration. Experience meeting one of your favorite superheroes in person and strike a pose in front of the selfie wall. Then, head to the ArtZone and create your character’s story in your own comic book, plus other exciting Marvelocity-themed art activities! Head upstairs for free refreshments for everyone.

Check out the Marvelocity exhibit featuring 57 original paintings and sculptures by comic book illustrator Alex Ross, which blends classic art with pure superhero fantasy. In a style that owes as much to Norman Rockwell as it does to legendary illustrator Jack Kirby, Ross makes the impossible easy, bringing our favorite characters to life.

You’ll also learn about miniature art through the tiny paintings of Wes and Rachelle Siegrest in Exquisite Miniatures, which also opens September 23. Discover 62 very realistic works of art, measuring less than 3 inches on a side, which must be viewed under magnification to see all the detail they contain. Hear curator Angie Barry talk about the life and work of Alex Ross and the art of miniatures.

A special thank you to the sponsors of Gadsden Arts for bringing Marvelocity to our community: May Nursery, Inc, Tallahassee Community College, Talquin Electric Cooperative Inc. Leadership Academy, Black Fig and all of the Impact Fund donors.

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Marvelocity exhibition runs until December 17. Admission to the exhibition is free for all children 17 and under, Gadsden Arts members and children’s field trip participants, $3 per adult student and $10 per non-member adult. For more information, visit gadsdenarts.org.

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