Volunteer Jeanne Jackson shows La Petite Academy campers the “Turner to Cezanne” exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art last month. The museum had a Family Day celebrating the exhibit on Sunday. (Photo by Ashley McKee/The Oklahoman)
On Sunday, my husband and I took our younger son, Gabe, 2 1/2, to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Family Day celebrating the wonderful special exhibit “Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales.”
We had a great time at the event, starting with a tour of the gorgeous exhibition. It includes amazing paintings by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, van Gogh and more. The exhibit closes Sept. 20, and I encourage everyone to make plans to see it before it’s gone.
We also checked out the contemporary and modern artwork in the exhibit “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States,” in the museum’s third-floor galleries. I think Gabe was as impressed with Martin Johnson’s colorful abstract sculpture “Exerptunis” as I was.
And of course, for Gabe no trip to the museum is complete without touring the impressive collection of Dale Chihuly glass art. As we wound through the exhibit, one of us would murmur “wow” or “whoa” at practically every new display, even though we’ve all seen those vivid, graceful glass pieces before. And naturally, we had to stop on the third floor landing and peer at the top of the huge Chihuly tower at the front of the museum.
On the museum’s first floor, we watched a dancing demonstration, signed up for drawings and then moved on to the art-making activities. Gabe was in luck: The museum instructors were set up for the kids to make collages. That meant he got to use the safety scissors to cut out shapes and glue stick to attach them to a piece of blue construction paper. He loved using the kid-sized scissors so much, he wouldn’t stop until every quadrant of his paper had a cutout glued to it.
We missed out on the face-painting, since there was only one painter working and the line was so long. But since we were among the last ones to leave, Gabe got a consolation prize: a green balloon.
It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and I recommend taking your family to the next Family Day.