Reach for the stars at the Mizel Museum with artists Monica Aiello and Martin Mendelsberg

Though we don't often give it much thought, art has been locked in a love-clutch with science since the first caveman picked up a cinder and used it to draw on a wall. And while a lot of that has to do with things like chemical reactions, makeup of mediums and even the speed of light, there's also an infusion of scientific study and thought that orbits around the work of making art. Leonardo Da Vinci did it, and in modern times, so does Denver painter Monica Aiello, who's known for her works inspired by the beautiful topography of distant planets distilled from NASA images. Aiello, along with graphic designer and Hebrew typographer Martin Mendelsberg, will discuss the art-science connection tonight at the Mizel Museum's first salon evening of 2012: "Art, Science and the Cosmic Connection." Where the two artists intersect, somewhere in the universe between mysticism and imagination, will be the heart of the discussion, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Mizel. Listen over wine and appetizers, and take a stroll through the museum's permanent exhibit 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. The cost for what will no doubt be a fascinating discourse ranges from $12 to $16; visit the website for information or to make a reservation.

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