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Re: [BKARTS] Bright Hill's Word & Image Gallery Kids' Museum Exhibit featuring artists' books & others


TREADWELL, NY, in the Catskill Mountain Region -- Bright Hill Center's Word & Image 
Gallery will showcase works by the children, age 5 - 14, who participated in Bright Hill's 
Museum Research, Writing, Art, Exhibition, and Publishing Program in 2007. The exhibit will 
open with a free reception for the artists and the public on Saturday, December 8, from 3 -5 
p.m.  Refreshments will be served. Among the participants are students from the Word 
Thursdays Literary Workshops for Kids program and students from the Brookwood School in 
Cooperstown. The students are from throughout Delaware and Otsego Counties, as well as 
New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California.
           The program, which took place in four separate sessions, began with bus trips to the 
New York State Museum, Albany; The Roberson Museum & Science Center, Binghamton; 
and the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Bertha Rogers, BHC director, guided the visits 
to the museums, aided by Bright Hill interns Lizzie Putrycz, Franklin; Jami Kirby, Delaware 
Co.; Heidi Ruetenik, Delhi; and parents and teachers from the Brookwood School, 
administered by Amy Williams, Head of School.
           While at the museums, the students selected objects that interested them, 
taking notes and drawing pictures. Everything from the Atlantic Right Whale at the 
New York State Museum to Frederic Remington's paintings at the Fenimore Art 
Museum to the Ferro Family's Frog Pond Sculptures at the Roberson Museum & 
Science Center was subject to their examination and study.
           Upon returning to Bright Hill's Education Wing and the Brookwood School, the 
children researched their objects as well as the artists (or, the natural world) who 
created them, then recreated their own works of art as persona pieces. They then 
wrote about the objects and their experience in poetry and story form. The results, a 
combination of papier mache and cast paper sculptures, artists' books, and 
illuminated manuscripts, will be on display at Bright Hill's Word & Image Gallery 
through December 28. The related anthology, published by Bright Hill Press, of the 
students' writing and visual art, will be titled "How Looking Becomes Seeing."
            Bright Hill's Museum Research, Writing, Art, Exhibition, and Publishing Program 2007 
was made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; the 
Otis A. thompson Foundation, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor foundation, the 
Strypemonde Foundation, the A. C. Molinari Foundation, the Tianaderrah Foundation, the 
Patricia M. and H. William Smith, Jr. Foundation, Stewart's Shops, DMV Nutritionals; the 
Delaware Youth Bureau, through the auspices of the New York State Office of Children and 
Family Services, all administered to Bright Hill Press, and the Creative Partnership Grant to 
Brookwood School, administered by the Upper Catskill Community Council on the Arts.   
Bright Hill Literary Center
Home of the New York State Literary Web Site
POB 193 - 94 Church St.
Treadwell NY 13846-0913
e-mail: wordthur@xxxxxxxxxxx
web site: http://www.brighthillpress.org
Bertha Rogers
Poet Laureate of Delaware County, NY
2007 Teaching Artist Distinguished Services to the Arts in Education Field Award
6430 Co. Hwy 16
Delhi, NY 13753-3123
Voice: 607-746-7306; Fax: 607-746-7274
Web Site: http://www.bertharogers.com
or http://www.brighthillpress.org
or http://www.nyslittree.org
E-mail: bkrogers@xxxxxxxxxxxx

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