Gem Center for the Arts Debuts '2417,' an 'Immersive Art Experience' 

If you haven't been inside of the Gem Center for the Arts, the whole thing might seem like one big box of mystery—the building's exterior is staid and gray, but that boring facade conceals a riot of creativity. Now, a new "immersive art experience" is extending that obscure aura even to insiders. Dubbed simply "2417," the art piece is also a sci-fi mystery, taking the form of an abandoned laboratory pocked with puzzles and interdimensional doors that visitors can walk through and explore. Here's how the Gem Center describes it: "Discover the mysterious, mind-blowing and outrageously wacky story of a corporation that opened up a whole new dimension of creativity... or rather, a whole bunch of dimensions."

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with the art, this is your chance. Crafted by more than 20 artists contributing everything from words to sculptures, paintings, video and audio, "2417" is one of a kind. Check out the Gala/Fundraiser on the Thursday, Feb. 21, opening night from 6-11 p.m. for fast pass options and special gifts from the illusion and science-themed gift shop. After that, "2417" will open for visitors from 6-10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 1-10 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets cost $12-$15 per person.

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