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Press Releases Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Programs in February Feature Free First Saturday Events Inspired by the Painter Painter Exhibition and Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

Minneapolis, January 17, 2013—Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids program in February features a Free First Saturday inspired by the exhibition Painter Painter, (Saturday, February, 2) and Arty Pants. The Walker presents Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, the popular program designed to nurture creativity and engage a child’s mind, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month featuring art projects, films, gallery activities, and story readings.

Free First Saturdays Are for Families

Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.

Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

February Free First Saturday: Painters’ Paradise

Saturday, February 2, 10 am–3 pm

Join us for a day inspired by the new exhibition Painter Painter featuring special guests, art-making, and kid-focused tours. Step into the studio and find out more about the creative art of painting during this amazing day of free family fun.

Film: Elephants

Lecture Room 10am–1pm

To catch the grey elephants hiding in her grey house, a curious girl paints the walls and discovers a colorful new world of friends. This film from the United Kingdom is directed by Sally Pearce. 2008, 12 minutes.

Gallery Activity 10:30 am–2:30 pm

All Galleries

Wander your way through the galleries as you explore artworks. Your exploration will have you asking questions, using your senses, and holding conversations with Walker tour guides.

Art Making: Artists’ Studio 10 am–3 pm Art Lab Step into the Art Lab and witness how current artists approach the traditional medium of paint. Throughout the day, the studio will feature a rotating cast of painters for you to interact with and observe. Grab a paint brush and canvas to create your own masterpiece.

Local artists from mnartists.org scheduled to appear:

Betsy Byers

Byers holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies with an emphasis in painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She received her B.A. from St. Olaf College and her k-12 Art Education Licensure from St. Catherine University. Byers is currently an Assistant Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Before arriving at Gustavus, she taught at MCAD, St. Catherine University and St. Cloud State University. Byer’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally. In the Twin Cities, she has exhibited at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Burnet Gallert in the Le Méridien Chambers Hotel, The Soap Factory, Augsburg College, The Phipps Center for the Arts and Intermedia Arts. Byers was awarded a 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and a Jerome Foundation Grant from a month-long residency at the New York Mills Cultural Art Center. She is represented by the Anita Sue Kolman Gallery.

Tara Costello

Costello’s paintings examine unfamiliar spaces and the emotive power of the interplay of forms. She uses layers of Venetian plaster and raw pigment to build up and create uncanny spaces in which viewers are called to find unexpected beauty in the relationships between rich textures and primitive marks. Costello aims to create spaces with variable contexts and perspectives, some hidden from sight, and some starkly unconcealed. Above all, her work is based in the desire for formlessness and the search for unforeseen possibilities.

Kate Farstad

Farstad is a recent graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She currently has a solo exhibition, MOUTHBREATHER, up at Midway Contemporary Art (MN), and has shown in the past at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MN), Zach Feuer Gallery (NY), Art of This (MN), The Soap Factory (MN), Fox Tax Gallery (MN), Synchronicity Space (LA), and has an upcoming exhibition at Julius Caesar (Chicago) in April of 2013. She makes paintings and sculptures using disparate objects and images, and would like to think that she has an excellent color sense. Farstad is also an active musician in the Twin Cities, playing drums in two bands, Tips for Twat and Larry Wish and His Guys.

Joon Mornes

Mornes is an Asian-American artist who grew up in Seoul, Korea. She holds a Master of Arts degree in painting and has almost ten years of experience teaching art to college students and young adults in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Her other professional experience includes working more than twenty years as an Architecture and Landscape Architecture Librarian at the University of Minnesota-Twin cities. Mornes draws inspiration from watching the nature in various light and seasonal phenomena. Her imagined landscape paintings harmonize her past memories of rice fields in Korea, and present moments of the prairie with changing seasons and light.

Jehra Patrick

Patrick is a visual artist who works out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her current project questions art’s promotion, and the artist’s reciprocal relationship with the museum, by investigating museum collections, archives and spaces, selecting images to repurpose as the subject of paintings and photo-based work.

Eric Syvertson

Syvertson is an artist, educator, and arts advocate currently living in Minneapolis, MN. A recent transplant from North Dakota, Syvertson has served two terms as the President of the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Arts (FMVA), the largest visual arts organization in the state. Syvertson graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Art Education, and for the past four years has been teaching art at West Fargo High School. Currently, Syvertson is working on his Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as he exhibits work throughout the region.

Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

February 12 and 26; 11 am–1 pm

For kids ages 3–5 and adults

Free with gallery admission; Walker members and kids are

always free

What do hip kids and their (possibly) cooler parents do to spark creativity? Attend Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, featuring programs for adults and youngsters ages 3–5. Join us each month on the second and fourth Tuesdays for art projects, films, gallery activities, and story time.

All About Me!

Discover ways to disguise and express yourself through amazing gallery activities and art-making experiments.

Feb 12: Playful Portraits

Feb 26: Imagine Me…

WAC Packs for the Galleries

Enhance your artistic escapade with these hands-on activity packs. Games, story-telling, and art-making will enliven artworks for the whole family.

Creative Kids

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