Thursday, January 8, 2009


Here are a couple of openings you can take the munchkins to on Saturday afternoon and early evening.

The Child in Art: Eyes Wide Open
Work by Curt Kiwak and his 4-year-old class from
TUSD's P.A.C.E program
Opening: 4:30-6:30pm, Saturday, January 10

The Drawing Studio Gallery
33 S. 6th Ave.
Hours: Tu-Sa 12-5pm
Through January 31

Few adults realize how many of our deeds are imitated by the youngsters around us. The Child in Art demonstrates educator Curt Kiwak's impact on his preschoolers' visual development, and in turn, their impact on him. Kiwak, a local artist, has worked with preschool students in Tucson for over 20 years. His drawings and mixed media images will be exhibited in the gallery alongside drawings by his students from the Southwest Education Center on S. Mark Road.

The PACE preschool program is a federal and state-funded effort to provide a complete educational program four-year-old low-income children and their families in the Tucson Unified School District. The program not only reaches out to children at an early age, but to families as well. Parent education is provided though home visits by teachers, educational parent meeting and participation in classroom learning experiences. Currently there are PACE programs in 16 schools within TUSD. Milk and cookies will be served at the opening.

Opening: 6-9pm, Saturday, January 10

276 E. Congress
Hours: Tu-Sa 11am-5pm and by appt.
Through January 31

This opening was postponed from last weekend and was changed to the 10th, which could work out better anyways since more people will have returned to town and recovered from the holidays. PIECE is a collaboration between dozens of artist in which each participant creates his her own puzzle piece. Put it all together and you have a colorful mural measuring 4 ft. x 14 ft. The final work will be donated to decorate a local children's facility to be revealed at the opening.

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