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Posted on November 12, 2012

"Learning Thru Art: An Exhibition Featuring the Works of Children of the Village"
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nov. 15
Vulcan Gallery, Vulcan Hall

A exhibition created collaboratively by the Cal U Art Club, Associated Artists of California and The Village Childcare Center will be on display Nov. 15 through Nov. 26 at the Vulcan Gallery in Vulcan Hall.

"Learning Thru Art: An Exhibition Featuring the Works of Children of The Village" features the work of youngsters at The Village, a nonprofit child care facility located about 1.5 miles from campus at The Center in the Woods in California Borough.  

Cal U student Vanessa Wolfe, an AmeriCorps mentor and a student worker at The Village, coordinated the display. She also is vice president of Associated Artists.

“The show highlights the importance of art and creative expression in early development, and also just celebrates the creativity that children have,” she said.

Working with children and teachers at The Village, Wolfe selected artwork from each classroom, including creations in crayon, marker, paint, collage and various other media. Even the youngest children are included: babies’ handprints are part of the exhibition.

To complement the children’s work, Cal U students and faculty members used it for inspiration and created interpretations in their own styles.

The exhibition begins with a reception on Nov. 15 from 5-8 p.m. in the Vulcan Gallery. The Student Association, Inc (SAI) is sponsoring refreshments and assisting the art cub with interactive art activities for all ages.

Cherie Sears, president of The Village, will have each child wear a beret and a shirt designed to resemble a painter’s smock at the reception.

“This is a wonderful collaboration,” Sears said. “Vanessa did a tremendous job, and our children had a great time.”

Wolfe said she was pleased to bring the various groups together.

“Cherie likes to have some sort of display highlighting the children's work, but we decided to host the exhibit in the Vulcan Gallery to get the campus more involved with the community,” she said. 

“Also this was a way to keep things fresh and exciting for both the children and the campus.”