Events and News

Events and News

The Gillespie has events year-round.  Monthly Science Cafés feature presentations on a range of environmental topics, and monthly Science Saturdays offer hands-on educational fun for scientists of all ages.

Check out our upcoming and past events at the museum!

Spring 2021

February 1, Monday, 4-5 p.m.

Natural Dyes - Kayla Powers

Artist Kayla Powers

Naturally Dyed Textiles
Exhibit Opening and Artist Talk with Kayla Powers
(virtual live-streamed; watch Feb 1, 2021 Artist Talk event recording)

Kayla Powers is a weaver and natural dyer whose studios are in Detroit, Michigan.  Her work focuses on local, natural color derived from plants - foraged from and cultivated in the city.  She will present an online Artist's Talk on February 1, from 4-5 p.m., and a workshop the next day for Stetson art students, exploring local natural dye plants and demonstrating sustainable practices in creating a swatch book of botanical color.  Her Naturally Dyed Textiles exhibit will be on display from February 1-March 26 in the Environmental Gallery of the Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELC) adjacent to the Gillespie Museum.  See more about Powers's art on her website.  

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

February 2, Tuesday, 3-4 p.m.

Naturally Dyed Textiles
Natural Dyes Demonstration with Kayla Powers
(virtual live-streamed; watch Feb 2, 2021 Dye Demonstration event recording)

Weaver and natural dyer Kayla Powers will present a dye demonstration related to her textile artwork on February 2, from 3-4 p.m.  Her Naturally Dyed Textiles exhibit will be on display from February 1-March 26 in the Environmental Gallery of the Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELC) adjacent to the Gillespie Museum.  See more about Powers's art on her website.  

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

February 24, Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Wetlands Geology

Dr. Ben Tanner; Stetson undergraduates Cole Orsini, Casey Ramey

Science Café/Armchair Geology - Wetlands Geology
"Coring 101:  Everything the Armchair Geologist Needs to Know" with wetlands geologist Dr. Ben Tanner, and Stetson undergraduates Matt Fairchild, Cole Orsini, Casey Ramey, and Megan Vincent
(virtual live-streamed; watch Feb 24, 2021 Armchair Geology-Wetlands event recording)

Stetson University’s environmental geologist, Ben Tanner, joined by a team of his undergraduate researchers, will present the first in the Gillespie Museum’s Science Café series, this spring focused on Armchair Geology. Their presentation will explore the different ways that earth scientists extract sediments from the ground and will also provide a picture of all the fascinating information that these sediments can provide about past changes in Earth’s climate. Participants will travel virtually with the presenters into the field as they recover sediments from a number of challenging environments around the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center and will also be the first to hear about fascinating new findings that the team has recovered locally from the > 15,000 year old deposits from Wekiwa Spring.  

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

March 2, Tuesday, 5-6 p.m.

Earth Monument of Florida - Alan Sonfist

Earth Monument of Florida
Exhibit Opening and Artist Talk by Alan Sonfist
(virtual; watch March 2021 Alan Sonfist interview & Artist Talk)

This live event was cancelled.  Alternatively, on March 2 the directors of the Gillespie Museum and Hand Art Center hosted a private interview with the artist. The recording of this interview & Artist Talk with Alan Sonfist, with slides associated with the Earth Pandemic exhibits, is available for viewing now.

Renowned environmental land art pioneer Alan Sonfist will have work on display in both the Gillespie Museum and the Hand Art Center, March 2-April 30, in a joint exhibit called "Earth Pandemic."  His Gillespie installation Earth Monument of Florida is a geological artwork from his landmark "Corings" series, developed between 1971-2012.  (The museum gallery will be open for limited in-person viewing)  The Hand Art Center display will feature some of his other works and include an interactive soil collection and time capsule project.  (See the HAC website for viewing times.)  You can learn more about Alan Sonfist's art on his website.  

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

March 31, Wednesday, 5 p.m.

J.P. Gannon

Dr. J.P. Gannon

Science Café/Armchair Geology - Hydrology
"How Do We Measure Tiny Mountain Streams? And Why?" with hydrologist J.P. Gannon, Virginia Tech University
(virtual live-streamed; watch March 31, 2021 Armchair Geology-Hydrology event recording)

J.P. Gannon, Collegiate Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, will present the second in the Gillespie Museum’s Armchair Geology series. His talk will be on the what and why of measuring "little rivulets of water, in which you can't even float!" Gannon teaches environmental informatics in Virginia Tech’s Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation program. His presentation will address how hydrologists measure these systems to quantify their health and to determine how they work—from streamflow and groundwater to stream chemistry and temperature—along with some of the fun idiosyncrasies that come along with doing this kind of fieldwork. "I hope participants come away with an appreciation of the importance of headwater streams and understand some of the interesting implications of some of our simple measurements."

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

April 7, Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Cheryl Waters-Tormey

Dr. Cheryl Waters-Tormey

Science Café/Armchair Geology - Tectonics & Structural Geology
"Structural Geology ‘Easter Eggs’ and Landslide Hazard Studies in the NC Mountains" with structural geologist Cheryl Waters-Tormey, Western Carolina University
(virtual live-streamed; watch April 7, 2021 Armchair Geology-Structural Geology event recording)

Cheryl Waters-Tormey, PhD, Associate Professor of structural geology at Western Carolina University, will present the third in the Gillespie Museum’s Armchair Geology series. Waters-Tormey will be discussing ongoing research documenting patterns of geological structures in the bedrock of the Hickory Nut Gorge area of the North Carolina Appalachian mountains. Since outcrops are relatively rare in heavily vegetated western NC, she will also discuss how field-based methods are augmented with remote sensing data.

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

Rescheduled - now April 22, Thursday, 5 p.m.

Ethan Fagan

Ethan Fagan, Llano Uplift, Texas

Science Café/Armchair Geology - Metamorphic Uplift
"Granites in the Llano Uplift of Central Texas" with geology senior Ethan Fagan, University of Texas - San Antonio
(virtual live-streamed; for link, RSVP to:

Ethan Fagan, a geology senior at The University of Texas at San Antonio, will offer the fourth and final presentation in the Gillespie Museum’s spring 2021 Armchair Geology series.  Fagan will be speaking on the origin and nature of the metamorphic core complex of the Llano Uplift in the Texas hill country, and its bordering rock formations, the Streeter and Grit plutons. He will be presenting his research on the plutons (deep-seated intrusions of igneous rock), along with methodology for processing rock samples in a laboratory to determine their age and composition. Fagan’s presentation will also include his field investigations with a team of fellow students, led by Walter Gray, PhD, a faculty member at University of Texas, San Antonio.

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.