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Free Family Fun Day to focus on sculpture

9/19/01

Budding artists will have a chance to hone their skills in sculpture when the West Virginia Division of Culture and History continues its Free Family Fun Day series on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. Hands-on activities are geared for children; however, visitors of all ages are invited to discover something new by participating in the free event.

Participants will gather in the Great Hall for the day’s activities. Based on the premise that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure, kids can let their imaginations go wild as they have the chance to sculpt works of art or utilitarian tools out of everyday items that can be found around the home. They can construct a robot, truck, bird, spaceship, extraterrestrial or their favorite comic book hero out of wood, metal, wire, nuts and bolts. Participants also can bring their own objects to add to their creations.

In addition, in the Great Hall, visitors will be able to see some modern sculpture on display that is part of the West Virginia State Museum’s permanent collection of art. Many of these works have been acquired through West Virginia Juried Exhibitions, which are biennial shows sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the nature of the activities, children should wear play clothes.

For more information about Free Family Fun Day, call Bil Lepp, education coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 131.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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