ATHENS — “Toys - Finding Your Inner Child” is the subject of the summer show at the Athens Cultural Center. Using toys, puppets and contemporary art inspired by toys, this exhibit examines how these toys, the ubiquitous dolls, cars, trains, etc. are reflective of the era in which they were produced, and resonate with the young and old, artist and non-artist alike. Play develops imagination, creativity and invention, and toys and puppets are tools we use both as children and adults to inform artistic expression.
Curated by Diane Michener and Lucy Michener. The show runs through August 4. Gallery hours Fridays, 4 to 7 P.M., Saturdays 2 to 7 P.M. and Sundays 1 to 4 P.M. 24 Second St., Athens, NY.
Participating artists include Richard Bazelow, Kirsten Bates & Michael Black, Allen Bryan, Jennifer Maher Coleman, Regina Corritore, Millie Goldberg & Daniel Goldberg, Valerie Hammond, Steve Jennis, Moshe Katvan, Rivka Katvan, Sue-Ann LaCasse, Kim McLean, Claudia McNulty, Hilary North, Kathy Robinson, Ken Tannenbaum, and Chantal Van-Wierts.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Greene County Council on the Arts), the Peckham Family Foundation, The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation and the Athens Community Foundation.