Now that the planned remodel of their building has turned into a move sometime in the future, Bountiful/Davis Art Center has brought back Family Art Night for the months of July, August and September. The next night will be July 16 at 7 p.m., and staff is encouraging everyone to come take part.
“We cancelled it for a while, because we thought we would be moving out of the building,” said Theresa Otteson, the education program coordinator at BDAC. “Now that the timing has changed, though, we can hold them again.”
July’s event will focus on the art of Grandma Moses, an American folk art painter who died in 1960. Kids who attend will get the opportunity to paint their own piece of folk art, and learn a little more about the style.
“Folk art is generally done by people who are self-taught,” said Otteson. “The different elements aren’t quite in proportion, and the artists will generally paint things from their environment.”
The work of Grandma Moses, whose real name was Anna Mary Roberts Moses, is a good example of folk art’s traditional subject matter.
“She painted scenes from her head, but it was scenes from where she lived,” said Otteson, mentioning scenes such as sledding and people working in a field.
With Summerfest so close, Otteson decided that introducing kids to folk art would be timely.
“Folk dancers from all over the world will be coming,” she said. “And I thought ‘Why not do some American folk art?’”
The Summerfest-related art exhibit “Conversations in Culture” exhibit will also be on display that kids may use to play an “Eye Spy” game. Treats will be provided.