MANISTEE — The Manistee Art Institute opened the doors this month to its latest exhibit, “What in the World is Art Through the Eyes of Children.”
The exhibit features the works of 12 young artists, from ages 3-6, “using their creative nature and displaying their totally unique take on art,” reads a news release in part. “This exhibit is very much for the adults as well as the children.”
For the exhibit, children were invited to the art institute for a few hours on a Saturday. With little adult interaction, the children were given paper and crayons. They were asked to draw the model provided for them to view.
“Melinda Seldon was the model the first week with group 1, and Rebecca Johnson the second week. This gave the children a visual to interpret as they perceived it,” reads the news release.
Children then were asked to draw a pictured of their pet or favorite animal from memory, which uses the child’s imagination in a different way.
These two activities were “warm ups” for the last one, which was to draw whatever they wanted, leaning heavily on their imagination.
“In every instance, there was no hesitation as their creative thinking kicked in and with great focus, art was created. As the afternoon and drawing went on, each child was taken aside and interviewed about their art,” according to the news release.
With the permission of their parents, Mark Lough took video of the interviews, which was later edited by Nick Wallett and became part of the exhibit, which opens “the door of the viewer to the child’s imagination.”
“Geared to the creativity and child and all of us, with the help of these amazing kids, the viewer is challenged to recognize and go beyond, to join with the children and be creative in their perspective and thinking,” reads a news release.
The exhibit at the Manistee Art Institute, located at 437 River St. in Manistee, is open through Jan. 15. Viewing hours are 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There is a special show time of 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 26.
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