Museum series explores 'psychedelic science'

Families tie dye shirts, socks at Farmington Museum during Psychedelic Science Saturday activity

Hannah Grover

FARMINGTON — An exhibition displaying vintage rock concert posters at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park has created a bit of nostalgia, and now people who want to share their childhood memories with their children have that opportunity during the Psychedelic Science Saturdays series.

Museum Director Bart Wilsey helps his daughter, Emma, 5, and son, Cy, 11, tie dye clothing Saturday at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park.

The museum's exhibition, "Technicolor Dreaming: Psychedelic Posters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," opened in December, and the museum started its Psychedelic Science Saturdays events Saturday. The first of the Psychedelic Science Saturdays allowed families the chance to tie dye clothes ranging from socks to T-shirts at the museum. The next Science Saturday activity will be making lava lamps.

Dozens of children participated in the tie dyeing activity, and many of them had never tie dyed clothes before.

Lana Tsosie took her four nieces to the museum to tie dye clothes, following in her own aunt's footsteps. She said when she was a child, she and her aunt would tie dye handkerchiefs and bandannas and "anything we could get our hands on."

While she was an avid tie dye enthusiast as a child, her nieces had never tie-dyed clothing before today. After adding dye to the white T-shirts, the clothes were placed in bags. The bags were to be opened this morning, and then the clothes can be washed and worn.

Lana Tsosie helps her niece Alyssa Armstrong, 4, tie dye a shirt Saturday while her other niece Aiyanna Armstrong, 10, works on a shirt of her own at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park.

"I know they're going to love it when they take these out of the bags," Tsosie said.

Xavier Hardesty, 9, had also never tie dyed anything before Saturday, although he said he knew what tie dye is. He attended the event with his grandmother, Gwen Hardesty.

"We try to catch most of the museum events," she said.

While Xavier and Tsosie's four nieces had never tie dyed before, Janie Cox, 9, said she has "done it a million times."

"It will either look perfect or it will be a mess," she said. "You never know."

Xavier Hardesty, 9, tie dyes socks Saturday at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park.

People who missed the tie dye event can attend the lava lamp Science Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the museum, 3041 E. Main St.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.