PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Children attending Owens Community College’s Child Care Center will display their artistic qualities, creative impressions and imaginative masterpieces as part of the eighth annual Children’s Art Show, Oct. 26 – Nov. 7. This year’s show will be held for the fourth time in Owens’ Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery.
In addition, the College will host an opening reception for the artists on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4-6 p.m. in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. Both the reception and exhibit are free and the public is encouraged to attend. The Owens Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
The College will also host a free lecture presentation by Toledo Museum of Art Director of Education Dr. Kathy Danko-McGhee titled “The Impact of Early Art Experiences” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. The lecture will take place in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Studio Theatre.
Young artists ages 4 months to 5 years old will showcase a variety of works, including multiple 3-D sculptures, paintings, drawings and self-portraits. The art exhibit is the culmination of artistic education at the College’s Child Care Center.
“The Owens Child Care Center Children’s Art Show is an exciting and rewarding time to display the hard work and talents of our children,” said Maribeth Tercha, Owens Manager of the Child Care Center. “These young artists have been anxiously looking forward to showcasing their works of art to family, friends, teachers and the community.”
Tercha added, “Creating an artistic environment where children can express their interests and emotions is an excellent method to broaden a child’s insight and heighten cognitive development.”
The Children’s Art Show was inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. The Owens Child Care instructors utilize the Reggio Emilia philosophy in their art curriculum, inviting the children’s interests to guide artistic creations. Books and other literature incorporated into the art education program influenced many of the masterpieces.
Owens’ Child Care Center is focused on providing quality child care for the children of employees, students and the surrounding communities. The program is devoted to enhancing the lives of children through developmentally appropriate curriculum, which is child centered.
Children enrolled in the Owens Child Care Center have the opportunity to interact with the College’s Early Childhood Education students, which provides opportunities for more individual attention. Owens students benefit through practical hands-on lab experiences that deepen their understanding about young children.
Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. For additional information about the exhibit, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2721 or (567) 661-2721.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.