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Art exhibit on display for kids

Art- at a child’s level.. a scavenger hunt and more! The Stutz Artists Association and the Miami-based organization Just My Height Art Shows are bringing professional-quality fine art to young children in a unique exhibit to be displayed at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery in October. “Secret Doors” is an exhibit created especially with young children in mind. The textural, sculptural, and interactive art invite children of all ages to touch, smell, open, close, and view the artwork on display.

Just My Height Art Shows are like other art exhibits, only the art is hung at a “new low” – hung at a child’s eye level (36 inches high). This approach helps to capture and instill in children a love and appreciation for fine art (not “childish” or children’s art) at an early age, thus helping to create and cultivate the art creators, collectors and consumers of the future.

The October exhibit will open with a kid-friendly, family fun reception on Friday, Oct. 7, 5-9 pm. The show’s opening reception will feature games and hands-on activities-including an art scavenger hunt-designed to engage the children and their parents with the art, as well as live music and age appropriate snacks. Following the opening reception, the art will be on display during Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm, Oct. 7-28.

WHAT: “Secret Doors” Opening Reception

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 7, 5-9 pm

WHERE: The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110

COST: Free and open to the public

This juried show about Secret Doors will feature the work of 19 artists from throughout central Indiana that explores life’s many passages, both imaginary and real. The exhibit is made possible, in part, with support from the Penrod Society.

About the Stutz Artists Association: The Stutz Artists Association (SAA) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization of artists working in the historic Stutz Business and Arts Center. The 400,000-square-foot former car factory was renovated in the early 1990s and now houses studios for nearly 90 artists as well as offices for various small to mid-size businesses. The artists of the Stutz comprise one of the most varied and accomplished artist communities in Central Indiana, representing painters of all styles, sculptors, fiber artists, jewelers, photographers, print makers, muralists, furniture makers and many others.

About the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery: The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery is a nonprofit visual art center created by the SAA. Each month the Gallery presents new exhibitions by Stutz artists as well as other artists that engage, inspire and challenge viewers to think differently about the world. Most exhibitions open with a reception on the first Friday of the month, in conjunction with the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. The Stutz Art Mart, located in the Gallery, offers artwork for sale. The Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.

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