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Astronomical Artistry



Do something different for Mother’s Day this year…Grab mom and a bottle of wine and join PARI for a night of creative expression backed by science!!

This Astro Art Paint Party event will feature the Rosette Nebula.  Nestled 5,000 light years away within Monoceros, the unicorn constellation, this brilliant nebula is sure to awe!  The rosy hues, petal-like swirls, and gleaming stars resembling morning dew drops will inspire you to create a masterpiece worthy of Mom that will outlast any flowers.  Paint something timeless and beautiful, and create some memories too!

Come with just your mother or round up the rest of your family. (You don’t have to bring mom to come, you can round up a group of friends, too)  Bring a bottle of wine to enjoy while you paint.

PARI astronomers will talk about both the Rosette Nebula, and astronomy’s long tradition of using art to bring distant objects within reach.  You will be provided everything you need to bring your own vision to life on canvas.  We will show you some techniques that will help.

For an extra special Mother’s Day treat book a stay in the cabins and enjoy a Mother’s Day breakfast Sunday morning.  No waiting in line for Mother’s Day breakfast with us.

Ticket options:

  • Paint Party Ticket – Includes materials and a lite snack – Bring your own wine
  • Cabin Package for 2 – Includes Paint Party tickets for 2, an overnight stay in a PARI cabin, a bottle of wine and Mother’s Day breakfast
  • Group Cabin Package (up to 4 people) – Includes Paint Party tickets for 4, an overnight stay in a PARI cabin, a bottle of wine and Mother’s Day breakfast

This program is a rain or shine event.  No refunds will be issued unless PARI cancels the program.