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RMAC presents pARTy After Hours

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On Sept. 8, the Roswell Museum and Art Center is partnering with YPAC (Youth & Professionals for the Arts Collective) and Roswell Next to debut “pARTy After Hours,” the first in a pilot series of free after hours events geared for adults that aims to expand access to the museum and present art as an integral part of our lives.

Held from 6 to 9 p.m., pARTy After Hours will feature a variety of activities presented in a fun, social atmosphere including live music, an art film screening, gallery tours, art activities and games. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided by Black Betty BBQ. A Kids Activity Zone will be available for parents to drop off their kids while they enjoy the festivities.
The evening will be flexible with visitors able to pick and choose what they’d like to do with a few scheduled activities in the mix. Singer/songwriter Robin Scott will be performing on the patio from 6:30 until about 9 p.m. with a mix of funk-driven rock and blues. At 6:30 p.m., RMAC curator of collections and exhibitions will lead a Choose Your Own Adventure-style gallery tour with topics based on participant requests. At 7:30 p.m., Danish-born artist Andrea Jespersen will talk about her work currently on display in the exhibition Grasping the Air of Not (yet) Knowing as part of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program.

For those who enjoy more hands-on activities, the night will also include a recycled paper art project, fun drawing activities and a scavenger hunt.
Tickets will be available in exchange for participating in some of the activities, with a prize drawing taking place at 8:30 p.m. for items including a certificate for dinner for two at Adobe Rose in Artesia.
The 2002 film, Decasia: the State of Decay, by New York artist Bill Morrison will be projected in one of the galleries throughout the evening. The film is a meditation on old, decaying silent films, which have been re-edited and integrated into a new narrative accompanied by original music by Michael Gordon.
The film is a play on nostalgia and mortality, and the marks of decay create a seemingly new character or persona within the film itself. The soundtrack features detuned pianos adding to the fractured nature of the film. In 2013, Decasia was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry. It was the first film from the 21st century to be chosen.
Discounted memberships will be available and the museum store will be open for perusing items for purchase, including a section for “All Things RAiR,” featuring items made by some of the current and past Roswell Artists-in-Residence.
Admission to the event is free and donations are always welcome. Two more after-hours events will be planned for 2018.
For more information on this or future events, please contact RMAC Executive Director Caroline Brooks at 575-624-6744 x12 or c.brooks@roswell-nm.gov.