Middletown Art Center hosts March 13 ‘clay date’ and guided exhibit tours for parents and children

Youngsters and parents are invited to a “clay date” event at the Middletown Art Center in Middletown, California, on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Photo by Jacque Adams.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – Families are invited to join Middletown Art Center artists for “clay date” and guided exhibit tours on Saturday, March 13, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The tours will be guided by artist and art educator Lisa Kaplan in the gallery, and the clay date will be facilitated outdoors (inside if raining) by ceramic artist Jacque Adams.

All ages are welcome. Social distancing and masking will be observed.

Visitors will be guided through gallery exhibits and learn about the making and meaning of art through an interactive tour. Exhibits on view are “Home,” as well as a mini-exhibit, “Being Leonardo,” composed of a selection of work made by Middletown Unified students grades third through 12, created prior to the pandemic, as part of an Artists in School project.

All of the exhibits close Sunday, March 14, to make room for new exhibits opening March 20.

After the tour, visitors are invited to create and become inspired at the clay table.

“Participants will have 30 minutes to become familiar with the material, and build from their imaginations,” explained Adams, who is currently an artist-in-residence at Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project. “They will be guided through basic clay construction, and introduced to the positive outlets clay making offers, including: tactile gratification, creative engagement, spatial recognition, fine-tuned motor skills, meditation and calmness, and the reward of creating.”

Activities are designed for parents and children to engage and enjoy visual arts together. together. Work made at this event will not be fired, but can be taken home.

Those interested in exploring working with clay more extensively, including firing and glazing, are encouraged to enroll in a clay class offered for children and youth at MAC this April, and ask Adams about classes for adults.

“We really miss hosting student field trips in the gallery and studio, and families are looking for things to do,” said Kaplan, who is also the director of MAC. “We have enough space in the gallery, studio and outdoors to provide an enriching afternoon of engagement with art, and art making for family pods and friends. We encourage people to pre-register and select a time to visit – there are four options – so we can ensure social distancing.”

Please register at http://middletownartcenter.org/events. The suggested donation is $5 per person, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Preregistration is not required, but will help ensure social distancing. You may also call 707-809-8118 to reserve a spot.

The MAC continues to adjust and adapt its programming during the pandemic. The gallery is open Thursday through Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment.

You also can visit the show virtually at www.middletownartcenter.org/home.

Find out more about events, programs, opportunities, and ways to support the MAC’s efforts to weave the arts and culture into the fabric of life in Lake County at www.middletownartcenter.org.