Perhaps no prodigies, but plenty of fun seen in kids’ works at Agassiz art show

Clay cars made by kids at the Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool program and Maud Morgan Arts are on display through June 24. (Photos: Maud Morgan Arts )
Clay cars made by kids at the Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool program and Maud Morgan Arts are on display through June 24. (Photos: Maud Morgan Arts )

It’s a cheap shot to wander an art gallery saying, “My kid could have done this,” but a free exhibit coming to the Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts on June 7 ensures parents are right – in fact, their kids may be among the artists on display.

Marble runs made by kids are another part of the exhibit.
Marble runs made by kids are another part of the exhibit.

“From the Studios: Artwork by ABC and MMA Students” brings together works by kids from kindergarten through eighth grade at the Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool program and Maud Morgan itself, and is just as broad in media as it is in age. Kids worked in clay, wood and traditional two-dimensional painting.

The main medium was delight in making art, said Catherine Kernan, director of Maud Morgan Arts.

“These works remind adults what it means to have fun,” she said in a press release, crediting the children with offering “perspectives older artists can mimic and aspire to, but can no longer truly possess.”

She identified a some works worth looking for at the exhibit, including pots with rims folded into curved ridges “like the open mouths of sea anemones”; a dealership worth of clay cars and trucks, some with wings; marble runs of two columns joined by zigzagging pathways that guide marbles through obstacles on the way to the finish; and “Robee,” a robot made of an egg-carton base, toilet-paper-roll forehead and clear, domed plastic eyes that extends its arms to offer a cup to passers-by.

“Works in this show are best when approached with the same unaffected and sincere manner in which they were created,” Kernan said.

“From the Studios: Artwork by ABC and MMA Students” is on display June 7-24 at Maud Morgan Arts and the Chandler Gallery, 20 Sacramento St., in the Agassiz neighborhood near Porter Square. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and by appointment. An opening reception is planned for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 8. (The exhibit is up through Friday at the Maria L. Baldwin School, 85 Oxford St., also in the Agassiz neighborhood.


This post was written from a press release.

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