Beautiful Beasts is made possible, in part, by the Norman Arts Council Grant Program.
Entertainment during the opening reception included a performance from The Bug Chicks, Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker, two entomologists whose mission is to provide a fresh look on insects and spiders through multi-media presentations.
Reddick said she wants her audience members to learn to turn fear to fascination.
“Our goal is to inspire people to fall in love with arthropods because they are such an important part of the planet,” Reddick said. “And we also want people to get over their fears. Because when you get over your fears of one thing, you’d be amazed at what your life could be — because I used to be afraid of bugs and so was Jes.”
The Bug Chicks are continuing their entertainment during two additional performances today at the museum.
Other activities throughout the night included various booths to ask questions about bugs, craft projects and even the chance to try out an edible bug — like crickets and chocolate-covered ants.
Laura Figueroa, University of Oklahoma student worker at the museum passing out edible bugs, said all the reception guests have been very open-minded about tasting the insects.
“I think they’re a great alternative to the current food system,” Figueroa said, laughing.