Pierre H. Matisse Exhibit Hosting Free Kids Art Days at The Draw in Appleton, Wisconsin
By: Pierre H. Matisse, Artist
"Each Saturday afternoon during the exhibit we are providing a free kids art workshop for a variety of age groups," says exhibit host John Adams. "We hope to see a lot of families come in for these opportunities to create and explore art."
In support of a charitable team effort between Mud & Prints and St. Elizabeth Hospital Children's Health Center & Pediatric Unit, Adams is also bringing the Kids Helping Kids project into the Feather and Bone gallery. The philanthropic initiative works with kids to create greeting cards to help raise money for children in need.
Exhibit partners applaud this creative community collaboration. "It just makes sense to add a touch of Matisse-inspired love and color to the mix!" says artist representative Jean Detjen.
Local resident Milada Rice Henke who attended opening night with her family expressed enthusiasm and appreciation for the exhibit. "Pierre H. Matisse is a very interesting character, a kind man who gives much of his time and energy to teaching and his community. Our main purpose in going was to support our culture of the arts in Appleton, as well as to give our sweet daughter Rosa a chance to see this art up close and personal. I find it so refreshing that this was a free event, open to the public, sponsored by local businesses, and right here in Appleton! We are really lucky to have access to cultural events here in the Fox Cities."
Pierre H. Matisse is the 88-year old French artist and grandson of Modern Master Henri Matisse who is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the twentieth century. The younger Matisse's paintings, paper cutouts, and linocuts are exquisite examples of his inherited gift. His art reflects the sense of beauty he inherited from his grandfather Henri, his enthusiasm for life combined with a sense of wonder and whimsy.
The Florida based artist regularly works as a volunteer with youth in school classrooms. He donates his time to show kids how with opportunity, effort, tools, and freedom, critical thinking skills expand and lead to success and enjoyment throughout life.
"There is an artist in all of us; creativity is in our spiritual DNA," says Pierre H. Matisse.
Matisse's "Freedom & Love Tour" brings an assortment of original works, including paintings, cutouts and lithographs to the Appleton venue for the exhibit which runs through April 22. The entirety of the exhibit and related programming is free to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door to support arts education in the Appleton Area School District.
The Draw, located at 800 S. Lawe St., is in the former Riverside Paper Co. building. The site combines work spaces and offices of digital and fine artists, the Feather & Bone modern art gallery and serves as a creative place to collaborate
For more information on the Fox Cities, Wisconsin exhibit, go to http://www.thedrawappleton.com/#
Jean Detjen | Artful Living