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Climate change art show: Children and family day at the Sun Gallery

This Polar Bear mascot - "Paddy" - was the brainchild (or brain-cub) of Dorsi Lynn Diaz and Nancy Brown Howard, master seamstress. Paddy is an educational tool used to teach families about climate change.
Dorsi Lynn Diaz

In a press release today, the Sun Gallery in Hayward, Ca. announced the upcoming 'Childrens and Family Day' to be held this Sunday on July 13 from 2-4 pm:

"The Exhibition, "A Volatile Terrain: The Art of Climate Change" has been extremely well received thus far. Dorsi Lynn Diaz, co-curator and writer on Climate Change for the San Francisco Examiner, is keenly aware that the future of solution lies in the greater understanding, involvement and creative thinking of youth. With this in mind, the Sun Gallery is very excited to present a special Reception for the exhibition with a younger audience in mind."

In addition to the beautiful art on the walls, this special day is intended with family fun in mind. The reception will be interactive! As Dorsi says:

"One of the games I made up based on the Young Rembrandts-East Bay, CA penguin grid for this coming 'Children's and Family Day' this Sunday. After putting up the grid I noticed all the cute and charming "additions" that the kids had made to their art, and I thought hey this looks almost like a "Where's Waldo" type of interactive game - so viola - the Penguin game! A great way to engage families and also have them really look at all the art."

All Young Rembrandt's families are also invited to come out this Sunday, July 13, from 2-4 pm to the Sun Gallery.

Besides games, Paddy the Polar Bear by Nancy Brown Howard will be at the gallery taking free photos with the kids and adults and illustrator Linda Lens will be painting faces. There will be also be finger snacks, refreshments, crafts - and a special game to give "habitat" back to the endangered barn owls.

Please also mark your calendars for the following events:

  • Children’s Day and Reception: Saturday, July 13th, 2pm - 4pm
  • Workshop with Jennifer Koney, Sat. July 19th from 2pm - 4pm “What?! Sharks in My Backyard?” Representatives from the Adapting to Rising Tides Project and other partnering organizations present the most current information regarding local impacts of sea level rise in Hayward.
  • Skype Session on the Impact of Climate Change (Adults), July 17th, 7pm - 8pm
  • Skype Session on the Impact of Climate Change (Children), July 24th, 6pm - 7pm

The Skype Sessions will be a conversation between the audience and Professor Paul Beckwith. Beckwith is a part-time professor in climatology/meteorology in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa. His PhD research is on abrupt climate change. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Physics and an M.Sc. degree in Laser Physics. He is studying the climate as an overall, “big-picture” system, with many nonlinear feedback's, tipping elements and complex feedback interaction.

Besides the "fun" aspect to this show, learning through art is the key and engaging families on this serious subject is essential to our childrens futures. As the Sun Gallery reminds us:

"Climate change. It's your children's issue and your responsibility."

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