Niles-Maine District Library

Patrons meet art as Mary Ann Rohn (center-right in black apron) and a teen volunteer (far right) stand ready to help.

Niles Public Library Hosts Family Art Day

On Sat., April 15, the Niles Public Library hosted Family Art Day from 2:00 to 4:00, inviting visitors of all ages to exercise their talents in pre-planned activities with paint, pencils, artist’s paper, clay, tile, toothpicks, die-cut figures, and more.

Did participants have fun? This photo should be enough to answer that question.

“It was a chance for everyone to explore the artists in themselves,” says Mary Ann Rohn, KidSpace library assistant who also teaches animation drawing at Columbia College. Kids created impressive works which combined a love of color, pure imagination, and the willingness to experiment. Adults, too, were encouraged to try their hand, including a Chinese-American woman who showed how she had learned as a child to do brush stroke calligraphy.

About 40 people, some of whom also submitted entries for the annual “bookmark design” contest, turned out for the event. Some elected to take home their creations; others allowed them to be framed for display May 1 -14 in the library’s Franklin Gallery  (on the north side of the third floor). Also on hand to guide kids and parents on Family Art Day were KidSpace’s Miss Debbie, Mr. Paul, and several teen volunteers who proved invaluable.


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