Exhibition Coming to Mosesian Center Will Delight Kids & Adults

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Dawn Evans Scaltreto’s “The Fool from Mystical Penguin” is one of the pieces that will be displayed at the Mosesian Center for the Arts from July 14 to Aug. 31.

The following announcement was provided by the Mosesian Center for the Arts:

Under the Sea and Over the Rainbow, the upcoming exhibition at Mosesian Arts will delight children and adults alike! From magical realms to the wonders of the natural world, this exhibit aims to bring joy to people of all ages.

Summer at the Mosesian Center for the Arts is a time of creativity, learning, and play. Our classes for students from Kindergarten through High School are designed to foster creativity and connections between participants. In addition, we strive to inspire and engage. After two very challenging years, Mosesian Arts looks forward to these summer classes and an exhibition celebrating bright colors, adventures, and the carefree spirit of childhood.

Works on paper, paintings, fiber pieces, and small sculptures are united by vivid colors, whimsy, and a playful approach to variety of themes. “In Our Own Backyard” by Marianne French Collins reminds the viewer that magic is all around us. While she was painting at the Commander’s Mansion backyard, she managed to capture a moment where the autumn sun turned the landscape from ordinary to outwardly, the beautiful greens and the streaming sunlight resembling a setting for a fairy tale.

“In Our Own Back Yard” by Marianne French Collins will be part of the Under the Sea and Over the Rainbow exhibition at the Mosesian Center for the Arts.

In Margaret Zaleski’s abstract painting “Circus Magic,” bright colors and inventive shapes evoke the energy of the circus – chaotic, fun, and magical.

Dawn Evans Scaltreto’s mixed media images from “Mystical Penguin Tarot” are real gems of creativity, humor, and amazingly expressive penguins. The artist writes that the inspiration for the “Mystical Penguin Tarot” came from her work with children. Her Friday after-school cartooning class of 1st through 5th graders was enchanted with trading cards that the older kids played with and collected, especially Pokémon. Dawn created a blank card template for the students to craft their own trading cards. To demonstrate how to use the card template, she drew a whimsical penguin in the art section of the card, depicting a scene from the Rider/Waite/Smith (RWS) classic Tarot deck. She chose to work with penguins instead of the traditional figures. This led to the creation of a whole deck of 79 cards in which penguins take the roles of the Fool, the Magician, and countless other characters in rich and beautifully drawn settings.

Under the Sea and Over the Rainbow is on display at the Mosesian Center for the Arts from July 13 to August 31. The opening reception will be held on July 14, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

The mission of The Mosesian Center for the Arts is to enrich the lives of diverse audiences and participants by providing exceptional experiences in theater, visual, and literary art. For more information go to www.mosesianarts.org

5 thoughts on “Exhibition Coming to Mosesian Center Will Delight Kids & Adults

  1. “Over the Rainbow.”

    Is that meant to be a reference to the LGBTQ flag?

    Yes, I know it’s the name of a famous song, but most references to rainbows these days are LGBTQ.

    I can’t be the only one who noticed that this center had a Drag Queen Story Hour event for kids.

    This is brainwashing of children.

    Adult male drag queens playing with kids is horrible.

    • There is no truth to your assertions. None. These programs are very popular to teach children about the diversity of the world in which we live. The only people against them are those who fear that reality. It’s interesting that domestic terrorists like the “Proud Boys”, most recently in the news for their role in the attempted insurrection against our government, are now targeting these events.

      The brainwashing lie is just that.

  2. No they aren’t against it. You think posting one story about one small town in rural Illinois is meaningful? And any so-called “argument” against these shows, which are quite popular when they occur, is completely lost in the rest of your post.

  3. I would have had my daughter read to by a Drag Queen for sure. They are folks just like you and I but generally have a great/big sense of humor and style. IMO are perfect for reading to little children given the drama and expression. As with anyone off the streets, they should be CORI’ed(as I am for coaching and anything school related) and the books chosen by the school or approved of by them. Kids are quite resilient and I’m betting a reading by a Drag queen would not rock their world in a bad way though that is my parenting choice and others who disagree could just choose to miss this reading. No brainwashing done, just a person reading a story to kids (who may do it with much more zeal and style than I:>).

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