Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sip and Sketch in the Museum

with artist Marguerita Hagan

5:30-7:30 PM at the Wagner Free Institute of Science

A drawer of marine specimens in the Wagner's museum collection, including coral, sea urchins, sand dollars, sea stars, and hand-lettered labels

Historical marine specimens from the Wagner's museum collection

Registration is now full for this event. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, email or call 215-763-6529 x24.

Float in the currents of creativity through our marine specimen collection with guest artist Marguerita Hagan. Draw inspiration from branched and bumpy corals, tangled-limbed basket stars, spiny sea urchins, sturdy cup sponges, and other diverse sea life. Marguerita’s La Mer series magnify the largest yet least-known element of our planet, the ocean. She will share her fluid process from sculpting La Mer’s scientifically accurate Micro Sculpture to playing with the architecture of sea life in her organic Marine Abstracts series. See a few of Marguerita’s works in person and the marine treasures that inspired them in our 19th-century cases. Then, move into a deep dive with Marguerita’s support, capturing a species you love on paper in literal detail or conceptual exploration. As you draw, enjoy refreshments and a cocktail crafted for this art and science adventure. Jacques Cousteau said, “People protect what they love.” This is an invitation to fall in love.

Basic drawing materials will be provided, or bring your own dry media (wet media are not allowed in the museum).

Accessibility: the Wagner's museum is upstairs and not wheelchair accessible. If you have questions, please contact Coryn at or 215-763-6529 x24.

This event is limited to 30 participants.

Cost: $25; $15 for members.

Purchase tickets online here:

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General $25


Members $15


Or call Coryn Wolk at 215-763-6529 x24 to purchase tickets over the phone.

*Refund policy: If you cancel up until a week before the event, you will be refunded the price minus a $5.00 processing fee. The week before the event, no refunds will be issued for cancellations.

About Marguerita Hagan :

Marguerita Hagan is a ceramic sculptor based in Philadelphia. She is an advocate for the thriving of all life in mutually sustainable communities and environments. The concept of interdependence plays throughout her sculpture, teaching and community arts.

Throughout her career, Hagan has brought to light the beauty and engineering of our planet’s diverse ecosystems and our powerful role within its delicate balance. Recent work abstracts the elements of marine life from microscopic primary producers to coral reef ecosystems and beyond. The intricate ceramic forms shine light on the wonder and respect for the delicate, diverse and mostly little known life of the sea with which our lives are intrinsically linked.

Hagan’s practice is an ongoing discovery, magnifying our reciprocal responsibility within the architecture of these vital gifts. Her projects and collaborations include creative healing serving individuals overcoming trauma and violence, work with scientists addressing our environment, art & science residencies, lectures, installations and exhibits nationally and internationally.

Image: “Prickly Persistence,” hand-built ceramic from Marguerita Hagan's Marine Abstracts series. 9” x 9” x 9”







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