Booth Western Art Museum today is opening an exhibit featuring artwork from local students this month. The ninth-annual Kids Cowboy Up! Art Exhibition opened in the Borderlands Gallery and will be on display through Jan. 6.
A Meet the Artists Reception will be held on Nov. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Following the reception, former NFL player and sculptor Mike Hamby, will present a lecture in the Booth Theatre at 7 p.m.
In conjunction with the reception, the Booth will host its monthly third Thursday lecture at 7 p.m. Hamby will share his story From Stadiums to Studios. He played professional football with the Buffalo Bills until he suffered a career-ending injury, then returned to his passion for art, becoming a much sought-after sculptor.
Three of Hamby’s sculptures have recently been donated to the Booth and an unveiling will take place prior to the lecture.
Kids Cowboy Up!
The Kids Cowboy Up! exhibit is part of the Kids Cowboy Up Outreach Program at the Booth, which serves youth who are enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club of Bartow County and the Hands of Christ after-school programs. It exposes children to art at a young age and often provides students with their first museum experience. Through visits to Booth Museum, regular visits by museum education staff members and a variety of hands-on activities, children learn about the basic elements of sculpture, printmaking, pottery, drawing, painting and collage.
The highlight of the Kids Cowboy Up Outreach Program is the special display of the children’s artwork in Booth Western Art Museum each year.
Peggy Cline is the lead staff member at the Booth who develops programs and activities to help develop children’s interest in art.
"I am so proud of all the students who participated in the Booth Outreach Art Program this year and am excited to showcase some of the best artwork from the year in our ninth-annual Kids Cowboy Up Exhibit," she said in a release. "We have artwork on display from 71 artists ranging from drawings, paintings, printmaking, sculptures, pottery and mosaics. It has been a privilege to work with so many talented young students in the community."
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