a series of exhibits in Newport-Mesa and Laguna Beach amid dance, music
and theater programs.
"If it can be classified as art -- I know that's a pretty broad
subject -- I know that we cover it," said Daniel Stekol, executive
director of Imagination Celebration.
Places such as the Laguna Art Museum and the Orange County Museum of
Art will display works made by tiny hands and offer workshops for kids to
stop in and be artists.
"Drawing From the World of the Imagination," a day of art activities
and music, as well as dance performances, will start at 11 a.m. today at the Laguna museum. Art projects will teach such techniques as watercolor
painting, embossing and collage-making, while a treasure hunt will
require children to closely examine art and allow them to look at works
in a different way.
"I think it will get them involved," said Jean Lawson, chairwoman of
the museum event. "They'll find out that the museum is not a forbidding
place. It's some place you can just have fun with art."
A dance performance by students of the Kyne Dance Academy will follow
a choral show at noon.
"We wanted all the arts to make it a real rounded experience," Lawson
Also in Laguna Beach today will be "Sharing Art from Heart to Heart"
at the Art-a-Fair Festival Grounds, a program in which artists will lead
children through art activities.
The Orange County Museum of Art's satellite gallery at South Coast
Plaza will present "Major Art/Minor Artists" from May 11 to Sept. 12. The
show will include more than 600 pieces done by third- to fifth-grade
students from area schools.
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum in Newport Beach will exhibit works
by students between kindergarten and eighth grade through May 12, the
Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa will honor works
created by department workers and their families through May 12, and
about 10 other venues throughout the county will exhibit art during the
Less obvious locations -- including shopping malls, schools and
libraries -- are sprouting patches of art to target people not
necessarily looking for it.