Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The above photo is living proof that you can take your child to a renowned museum, give her a paintbrush and not wind up with a "priceless" bill at the end of your visit.
Thank you, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for providing the Boone Children's Gallery -- albeit a smaller version while renovations of the larger incarnation are still under way -- where kids can paint, read and express themselves through art without fear of making a mess.
Currently located inside the Korean art galleries in the Hammer Building, the gallery boasts its own enclosed area, complete with tables, shelves, books and an open mind.
When CC and I arrived around lunchtime on a weekday, we were the only visitors, so we had the space, the paint and the two attendants all to ourselves. They were so patient and welcoming. CC must have gone through 10 sheets of paper -- at one point painting with the water you use to clean the brushes -- and they didn't mind at all.
In fact, one of the attendants even taught us a special technique for painting bamboo.
Visitors are still just finding out that the mini gallery is open as of last month. And although some other kids and parents did filter in while we were there, I hope more families go.
Not only is it an inviting artistic space for even the youngest museum-goers, it's also free -- the version of "priceless" I like most of all.
Boone Children's Gallery at LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday—noon to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday—11 am to 5 pm