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PEN&INK POSSIBILITIES:Children's art, adult's art – appreciate them both

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By Kirsten Laskey

Whenever my oldest nephew creates a drawing, I immediately love it and praise the creation to the hilt. The fact that he needs to tell me what all the wild, blue crayon scribbles depict is a minor detail. The point is that a 4-year-old drew it to give to his mother, which is all that really matters. There is no composition, no reason exercised; it’s just in good fun.

This seems to be a common attitude; many adults rush their children’s or young relatives’ pictures to the center of the fridge or decorate their offices with framed young people’s artwork.

We seem so accepting and open to anything a child creates but then our standards escalate when we look at an adult’s art. It appears once you grow up it is no longer enough to scribble on a piece of paper; people expect something else.

The recent exhibit at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge proves people do have higher standards for adults’ art.

The juror of the exhibit, titled “Member’s Best,” selected three pieces to earn the first through third place awards. “Coffee Beans” by Susannah Smith earned first place, “AST-1” by Frank Morbillo, won second place and “Diagram Series; Next” by P. Ryan Krauser, received third place.


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