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NCCIL in Abilene to open new exhibit, hosts free summer activities for kids

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature in Abilene has free activities for kids.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature in Abilene has free activities for kids.
Photo by Steven Butman Photography

A new exhibit will be coming to the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) in Abilene. Golden Kite, Golden Dreams will feature original illustrations by Barbara Lavallee, Barbara McClintock and Don Wood from well-known stories such as “Mama Do you Love Me,” “Cinderella” and “The Napping House.”

Other artwork by Tomie dePaolo, Robert Sabuda, Richard Jesse Watson and others will also be on display. There will be 46 artists featured in all, many of whom are Caldecott Award winners.
There will be a variety of artwork in media ranging from ink, pencil and acrylic to gouache, watercolors and paper cutting.

This exhibit features Golden Kite Medal and Honor Winners from 1974 to 2010. It will be the first time a collection of illustrations by Golden Kite Award winners will be exhibited.

The exhibit will open at the NCCIL with a public preview on July 8. The formal opening will be held July 13.
If you’re looking for something unique, fun and affordable for your children to do, the NCCIL is a great place to take them. Admission to the art museum is free, open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are free family art activities every Saturday from 1-4 p.m., and sometimes there are opportunities to meet visiting artists during exhibition opening events.

The center hosts summer art camps for kids ages 5 to 11. There are still a few left in July. Log onto their website or contact the museum at 325-673-4586 for camp information and an exhibit schedule.

Art Walk is held every second Thursday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m. where children and their families can enjoy a variety of activities hosted by several organizations in downtown Abilene. The NCCIL has art exhibitions and free hands-on activities during Art Walk. There are also movies and live performances.

Art Adventure is a monthly activity of art and reading for children ages 2-5 held the first Friday of every month at 10 a.m.

The NCCIL is located at 102 Cedar, downtown Abilene.


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