The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art will continue the celebration of its 40th anniversary season with a special exhibition in honor of Owensboro’s bicentennial (THE WAY OF THE LAND: THE FARM STORY, which is scheduled July 29 to October 22) and a children’s camp featuring a barn raising in Ryan Park to complement the exhibition.
The camp scheduled July 5 to July 14 is presented FREE for the region’s children through the sponsorship of Owensboro Grain Company. The museum’s annual camps, now in their 15th season, are themed to interpret major exhibitions.
A miniature barn, framed in 2 x 2’s and constructed of insulation board, will be covered with murals depicting farm animals and crops ready to harvest. The 14’ x 12’ x 8’ barn will be assembled, painted and raised by the children attending the camp.
In addition to working the actual construction, each participant will complete a painting of the barn after it is raised. The paintings will be exhibited in the museum’s YOUNG AT ART GALLERY in conjunction with the exhibition THE WAY OF THE LAND: THE FARM STORY.
The painting sessions will be led by local artists and completed in the method of “en plein air”, a genre of 19th-century French art wherein artists complete an entire painting on site and out-of-doors.
Ten places in each session of 25 are reserved for children from local social service agencies including the Neblett Center, Girls, Inc.; Mary Kendall Home and Girls and Boys Club. Agency directors wishing to have their clients participate should phone the museum as soon as possible for reservations.
Reservations from the general public are required by June 15. Sessions are scheduled from 9 to noon
and 1 to 4 weekdays with morning sessions designated for ages 6 to 11 and afternoon sessions designated for ages 12 to 16. To register phone the museum at 270-685-3181.
The museum is FREE and open to the public six days a week. Hours are noon to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.