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Gallery Talk and Artist Conversation at Saint Joseph College in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the School for Young Children
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On Thursday, April 12, at 6:00 p.m. Ann H. Sievers, director of the Saint Joseph College Art Gallery, will present a gallery talk on the exhibition A Short Season: Childhood Depicted.  A presentation by artist Virginia Lynn Anderson will follow.

This special event honoring the 75th anniversary of Saint Joseph College’s School for Young Children will take place on the College’s West Hartford campus on Thursday, April 12. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Saint Joseph College Art Gallery with a gallery talk by Ann Sievers, director and curator, on the exhibition A Short Season: Childhood Depicted.  Immediately following there will be a presentation by artist Virginia Lynn Anderson (who signs her work as Eland’ Ra) in Bruyette Athenaeum’s 2nd floor reception room, where the 75th anniversary mural Tree of Life,” created with children from the School for Young Children, will be on display.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Virginia Lynn Anderson is an artist, musician, storyteller, healing practitioner and spiritual minister.  She has recently written and illustrated two children’s picture books, The Flying Phlox and The Very Lonely Garden.  Virginia offers storytelling and arts-integrated programs for children and their families.  She is a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Connecticut and VSA Arts. She works in numerous classrooms to inspire children to use their art to tell stories, engaging them as actors, singers, and musicians in the process.  Virginia’s multi-discipline approach is integral to her work.  She exhibits widely throughout Connecticut and works out of her studio in West Hartford.

The exhibition A Short Season: Childhood Depicted, which presents works by 19th and 20th century American artists including Winslow Homer, Jerome Myers, and John Sloan. It will run through June 10, 2012.

Free admission.  For more information, visit our website or contact Rochelle L. R. Oakley, collections manager/registrar, at 860.231.5743, [email protected].   

The School for Young Children at Saint Joseph College is a nationally accredited preschool program offering part- and full-day programs during the school year and a part - and full-day camp program during the summer. Founded in 1936, the School was one of the first preschools in the state and one of the first student laboratory programs in the nation. The School continues a proud tradition of serving as a training program for college students pursuing careers in early childhood education.  Please visit their website for additional information. 


The Art Gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; closed Monday. Admission is free of charge. For more information or if you have any questions, contact the Art Gallery at 860.231.5399 or [email protected].