a kid's-eye view




"When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"   ~ Howard Ikemoto

Kids are some of our favorite people. They take things at face value, and view the world with a joy and immediacy that is enviable.

That's why we're happy to see kids here in the gallery. A visit to the gallery with kids is a great opportunity for conversation about color, shape, texture. The space is big enough for a kid to explore and small enough for a brief visit to be satisfying without becoming overwhelming, or worse, 'bo-ring'. It's also a great way to introduce the concept of 'museum etiquette' without spending a bundle in the gift shop or snack bar!

Kids are a sophisticated audience. They have a natural curiosity and no preconceived notions. They know what they like. This month's show is particularly 'kid-friendly' in that  Michelle Lougee's sculptures are textural, vibrant, not overly fragile, and in many cases, at a kid's eye level. Bob Grignaffini's paintings have a richness of form and color that have universal appeal.

Both artists tap into that sense of wonder and intensity that eludes a lot of adults. And equally obvious, from the reactions of the young art-lovers who have seen the show, they 'totally get it' as well!

Bob Grignaffini & Michelle Lougee's work will be on view through March 11; Gallery hours are Thursday-Friday 11-5. Kids of all ages are always welcome!!