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KidsCreate! Gallery Opens in Metro Hall

Tuesday March 14, 2006

Exhibit features paintings and sketches of children of city government employees

A crayon portrait of Muhammad Ali and a fingerpainted cat are among the featured works in a new art gallery Mayor Jerry Abramson opened in the lobby of Louisville Metro Hall.
 
KidsCreate! – the Louisville Children’s Art Gallery includes 31 paintings, drawings, pencil sketches and a few scribbles created by the children and grandchildren of city-government employees. The young artists range in age from 4 to 12, and their parents represent some 20 different city agencies, including the police, fire, finance, housing and health departments. Abramson viewed the exhibit with many of the young artists today.

"Art sparks the creative mind – and we look to encourage creativity in city government all the time," Abramson said. "We’re proud to showcase the imagination of our employees’ children, and hope their work will inspire or brighten the days of those who come through Metro Hall."

More than 60 original works of art were submitted and a panel of city employees from various departments selected those works to feature in the gallery. The original artwork was submitted on everything from sketch-pad paper to notebook pages and construction paper. To create a gallery effect, the original works were digitally scanned, reproduced on canvas and then placed in similar frames.

Abramson said additional pieces could be rotated through the exhibit, or the exhibit extended to other areas in Metro Hall in the future. The gallery may be viewed by visiting Metro Hall at 527 W. Jefferson St. during regular government-business hours. For more information visit LouisvilleKy.gov or call MetroCall 311.