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Weatherspoon Community Day

In a celebration of art and Community, Weatherspoon Art Museum opens its doors for family fun

Staff Writer

Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 15:10

Sierra Dennis


Entering a world of complete fantasy exerted through the demonstration of art was exhibited over the weekend at the Weatherspoon Art Museum as they celebrated  their community day.  For at least the last seven years this The Weatherspoon has lended a hand to Greensboro’s inhabitants to get them involved in local art.  

The main idea of this event is to open the eyes of all ages; as the name of the program is Inquiring eyes: All Eyes on Art.  “Inquiring minds want to know and inquiring eyes want to see,” writes director of the Weatherspoon Museum, Nancy M. Doll.  This poetic statement brings light to the meaning behind actually seeing and understanding the art.

There  were a variety of private collections from the Greensboro community set up for tothe event, as well as exhibitions all about the museum.  Over six thousand works occupy the home of this museum and are curated by Xandra Eden.  Eden organized this event by obtaining this pieces of art from various collectors; internationally as well as nationally.  

Opening the eyes of children seemed to be the focus for the event as there were an assortment of activities set up to involve the children in this experience of getting to know the art.  The main event consisted of a treasure hunt throughout the museum by finding items within the art, set up by the national art honor society at NorthWest Guilford High school,  along with a room allowing the children to use tissue paper to create their own art work of collages, as well as making stained glass items, and their own glasses.  The idea behind the glasses relates back to the overall theme of the day, inquiring eyes.  All the children were laughing and having fun creating their own masterpieces.  Face painting was also offered thanks to the Guilford High students.  Volunteers consisted mainly of UNC Greensboro students and North West Guilford HIgh students.  Including the jazz band Unit Three, which also consists of UNC Greensboro students.

Throughout the day this event attracted 206 people. Community day organizer Terri Dowell-Dennis eagerly commented, “It’s really fun, come discover the Weatherspoon, there is another in April, come experience the next one!” Community day is offered twice a year, in the fall and spring. If you missed your chance this time, make sure to come by next year and uncover the magic behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

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