Bug Out at UnEarthed, an Art Exhibit for Children Opening June 7

Unearthed, an art exhibit for children, features creepy-crawly creations in glass, art made from real bugs, and super-sized creatures that will infest your imagination. Diverse works by seven artists present a visual feast for the eyes – kids’ eyes. Art and labels hang a bit lower at this annual art exhibit for children, opening June 7 at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery.

06-RedDevilBeetleBe amazed by the works by Hollywood’s go-to guy for insect training Steven Kutcher who uses bugs as moving paintbrushes to create masterpieces. Joan Danziger turns “icky” into beauty with large-scales glass and wire bug sculptures. Wait until you see fly carcasses used in Magnus Muhr’s drawings and Patrick Vincent’s quirky artworks that humanize the insect. Jennifer Angus also uses bug bodies to create Victorian-era wallpaper designs that will blow your mind. And be amazed by Leroy Mize’s mechanical grasshoppers and Dr. Barret Klein’s scientific illustrations.

Attend the following exhibit-related events for a complete art experience:

First Friday Reception | June 7 | 5:30–8:30pm
Close Up: Insects | June 8 | 10:30–11:30am
Bugging You with Patrick Vincent (for teens only) | June 17 | 2:00–3:00pm
Joan Danziger Artist Talk | July 12 | 7-8:30pm
Gallery Scavenger Hunt | June 22 and July 13 | 9am-12pm
Pick up your “clue sheet” from gallery staff and look for clues throughout the exhibit. Turn in your sheet for a buzz-worthy prize, one per participant.

The exhibit ends July 21. For more information about this project, visit Unearthed online. This exhibit is made possible with support from the Sabatini Family Foundation.

While you’re here, take note of the artwork hanging in the front gallery. That exhibit was curated by local high school students using works from the permanent collection through Curate This!, an outreach education initiative aimed at preparing students for careers in art and archival industries.

Gallery hours are the same as hours for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.  

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