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It's not junk, it's art

March 01, 2007|by KATE COLEMAN

Junk jewelry, pieces of fabric, nuts, bolts, screws, washers, bottle caps, empty plastic containers and soup cans, old thread spools, clothespins, buttons, feathers, shells - anything - will be the stuff of which sculptures are made in a children's art workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown.

Hosted by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Washington County Free Library and Discovery Station, the workshop - dubbed It's Not Junk, It's Art! - should be a fitting prelude to "Just Beyond the Junkyard," the MSO's family concert.

Kids ages 5 to 12 will choose items and put them together in sculpture form - with help from adult volunteers, said Amy Blank-Rowland, museum educator at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

"It will be so interesting to see what they come up with," she said, adding she's excited about the collaboration with the MSO.


The workshop is a wonderful tie-in to the musical program, said MSO Music Director and Conductor Elizabeth Schulze. She added that she is happy to have this sort of citywide event with cultural institutions getting together to enrich young people's experiences.

The artwork will be transported to the lobby of The Maryland Theatre for display before and during the family concert on Saturday.

If you go ...

WHAT: It's Not Junk, It's Art! - a workshop for children ages 5 to 12

WHEN: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3

WHERE: Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown

COST: $5 materials fee for participants. Snacks will be provided. Admission for parents, who are welcome to watch their children create sculptures or enjoy the museum, costs $5. To register, call the Maryland Symphony Orchestra at 301-797-4000.

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