Hudson Valley families can kick-off fall fun with “Autumn Scenes and Calder Dreams,” the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s Family Day event. Family Day will feature numerous hands-on activities for children, and will take place on Sunday, September 27, 1:30-4:00pm. This event is free.
The Art Center, which is always open to the public and has free admission, features works as diverse as ancient Egyptian artifacts, Japanese ink paintings, French medieval sculpture, landscape paintings from Hudson River School artists of the 19th century, and the works of 20th-century artists such as Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Alexander Calder.
“One of the wonderful aspects of the Art Center is the great variety of artworks on view,” says Margaret Vetare, the Art Center’s coordinator of public education and information. The diversity of the collection is the inspiration for this Family Day event. “Children can explore the art of many centuries and cultures through fun, hands-on activities that make use of a range of techniques and materials.”
Activities will include printmaking, constructing mobiles, brush and ink painting, and collage. The activities are best suited for ages 5-10, and are ongoing throughout the event so that families can come and go as they please. Sun hats and sunblock are recommended as the event takes place in the Art Center's outdoor sculpture garden. Kid-friendly mini-tours of the galleries will also be available.
About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 19,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th-century painters.
Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible. The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am–9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion. For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit fllac.vassar.edu.
Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.vassar.edu).
Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.