Kid exhibit takes flight

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009

Children often have their art hung on the refrigerator for other family members to see, but this weekend young artists will get to see their work professionally displayed and outside their homes.

"It'll be really family themed this year," said Brian Erwin, manager of Frames and Things, who along with the Keen Eye Birding Club and the Kenai Watershed Forum will host an artists' reception Saturday for the "Peeps Art and Photo Exhibit."

The exhibit will display Kenai Peninsula wildlife art created by area children in conjunction with the Kenai Birding Celebration, and the reception will be held at 4 p.m. at Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall.

"Most of the entries were in the younger categories this year. I don't think we had anyone enter that was over 13," Erwin said.

Still, for the ages of the artists, Erwin said the work received is quite good.

"There's some nice pieces. One boy brought in a 3-D clay piece, another young girl brought in a tempera painting, there's crayon and pencil drawings, and about eight or nine photographs, so there's a wide range," he said.

In all, Erwin said there are roughly 35 pieces that will be in the show, and it will be displayed in its own special area of the mall.

"We have a whole section dedicated to it," he said.

Erwin said he thinks the art show really showcases the best of parents and children working together.

"You see things like this and you know parents took the initiative to get things started, but it's good to see parents interacting with their kids, and doing that with art -- more power to them," he said.

For more information on the Kenai Birding Celebration or the Peeps Art and Photo Exhibit, call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449.

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