COLORS IN ART: WORKS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
February 18, 2018 – April 29, 2018
Members’ Preview | Saturday, February 17 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Preview Admission for Members is Free | Guests – $5 Admission
The following text panels are part of the exhibit and encourage thought and conversation about the art.
Our world is full of beautiful colors. The colors we see around us are actually different types of light bouncing off objects and into our eyes. Colors also have meanings. For example, a red light means “stop” in traffic, and a white flag means “surrender” in war.
Artists make paint by mixing something called a pigment with water. A pigment is a material that changes the color of the reflected light by absorbing some colors and reflecting other colors.
White light is made from all the colors of the rainbow- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. When white light from the sun passes through the rain, it can refract (split) to make a rainbow.
Male birds are often more colorful to attract female birds. Some animals use bright colors as a warning, and some can change color. Others use their coloring to blend in with their surroundings.
A plant looks green because green light reflects off it into our eyes. The other colors of light from the sun are absorbed by the plant’s leaves.
Primary paint colors can be mixed to make secondary colors. The primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. Secondary colors can be also mixed to make new colors- for example, mixing orange and green makes brown.