Wellesley College’s Jewett Art Gallery recently opened its first ever children’s art exhibition, featuring work by attendees of Wellesley Community Children’s Center. The WCCC Early Childhood Program serves children ages three months to five years old and is housed on the Wellesley College campus.
On the exhibition’s opening day, WCCC students trekked across campus to see their art on display. Orange Room student Keira says, “In here [the art] looked a teeny tiny bit different…because it’s in a different building. I like the way it looks on the wall…It’s all in one place. It’s not all mixed up.”
Steph Gillette, Program Coordinator for the Wellesley College Art Department and mother of Green Room student Russel, was glad the students got to visit the gallery: “I’m excited that they got to see [their art] hanging in a way that elevated it from the walls where they would normally see their work to a real gallery space…to see it in that context with all of their classmates is very exciting.”
Director of Studio Art and WCCC parent Daniela Rivera says, “It’s just so light and refreshing…when I started putting it up I thought, ‘this is actually so cute, beautiful, colorful’… it’s a ray of light in the gallery.” Her daughter Mila, a student in WCCC’s Yellow Room, is familiar with the gallery’s previous exhibitions and said of her and her classmates’ works: “They were prettier [than the gallery’s usual art] because they were cooler. It was lighter colors, so that’s why I think it’s prettier.”
The WCCC exhibition is on display at the Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College through the end of July. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 to 4. Viewing outside of these times may be possible; contact Gallery Director Samara Pearlstein at email@example.com.