April 3, 2014
A piece of recycled art in the "Ditch to Dazzling" exhibit and children playing at the "Go Lab" at The Works in Newark.
The Works is located in downtown Newark in the former Scheidler Machine Works buildings. It reminds me quite a lot of COSI in terms of the types of exhibits and learning features it has.
It features exhibit space, hands-on labs and an area devoted to local history and manufacturing on the second floor.
The current exhibit part of the museum's current "Green Revolution" focus, from Ditch to Dazzling, can be seen in the room near the entrance. It features items found along roadways that were assembled and turned into art pieces. Plastic dolls, collages made of fast food containers and a curtain made from plastic bottles and caps show how trash can be a treasure. The exhibit also features facts and figures and tips related to "reuse, renew, recycle" and energy saving. It runs through April 12.
Unlike COSI, The Works has a glassblowing studio and demonstration area. Visitors can watch a glassblower make an item during one of two schedule shows daily at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Camps and special events allow participants to make their own glass creations. The current Artist in Residence at the studio is Sarah Michalik. Here's a list of some studio events for Spring: Open studio 4/19, 5/17, 6/21; egg making 4/12, 4/19; flower making 5/3, 5/10; tumbler making 6/21; and paperweight making 5/17, 6/14. The cost to make an egg or flower (recommended ages 9 and older) is $25 for members and $35 nonmembers. The cost to make a tumbler is $40 for members, $50 nonmembers and is recommended for those ages 12 and older. To register for studio events, visit www.attheworks.org and click on "Classes, Camps and Programs." An exhibit featuring the sculptural artwork of Michalik will be on display April 4-May 3.
The museum will offer a number of summer camps and a 3-month summer pass. To learn about summer camps and memberships, visit www.attheworks.org and click on "Classes, Camps and Programs."
There's also a museum gift shop with a number of reasonable priced items.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $4 for a child, $8 adult and $6 seniors. Adjacent parking is free.