Art of the Young
November 15 – December 9, 2018
Curated by James Toth
In THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS the power of a child’s innocence brings clarity to an adult’s seemingly complicated life. That same child-centric clarity is a sought after quality for many adult artists. It is a quality of not only innocence, but one of spontaneity without inhibition.
My first thought for the lobby gallery was to seek out an adult artist in touch with their “inner child” for this production’s exhibit. However, I felt it would be even better to go to the source; to feature the art of young children instead. So, we sent out an invitation to Next Act Theatre’s community of creative adults asking them to share cherished pieces created by their offspring, or, if they are not parents, art created by themselves at a very young age. The resulting show is sure to be a delight.
I hope the exhibit will inspire you to take the time to frame and display the art of your own children. Many of you have probably already done this, but, if not, I encourage you to do so. It doesn’t have to be a fancy framing job. A simple, stock frame from Michael’s or Target (or Goodwill!) can do the trick. Whatever you do, the transformation from refrigerator art to hung-on-the-wall art is amazing. And, the boost to your child’s self esteem is priceless.
With the holidays already upon us, I hope you will not only treasure the art of your children, but embrace all of the qualities of innocence and simplicity it represents. We truly did learn everything we need to know in kindergarten!
The art exhibit opens Thursday, November 15, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, noon to 5 pm, and through the start of any performance.