Richmond Museum of History & Culture heats up with homegrown talent

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By Kathy Chouteau

Art is in the air this month at the Richmond Museum of History & Culture, with “Modern Children’s Art: A Celebration of Creativity” on exhibition, and the work of local artists Maria P. Tuttle and Kelly Dunagan for sale.

The museum is teaming up with the Children’s Art Studio Richmond on Modern Children’s Art until Saturday, July 27, with the gallery hours being Thursday through Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Concurrently, Tuttle and Dunagan’s respective works are up for sale in the museum’s gift shop.

The Modern Children’s Art exhibit features contemporary art by Richmond youth, coupled with a collection of other art by children from the late 1940s to mid-1960s. The museum said that, together, the works create a joyful and inspiring display of the culmination of nurturing young minds. 

“This exhibit is special to us as it showcases the incredible talent of Richmond’s youngest artists,” the museum stated about the Modern Children’s Art exhibition, emphasizing that it hopes the experience inspires youth to continue expressing their creativity. 

An “Art for a Cause” fundraiser Thursday, July 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. will help top off the Modern Children’s Art exhibition, while also helping raise funds to support youth programming. Unique art activities will be afoot that are inspired by the studio’s curriculum, while hors d’oeuvres will be served with The Factory Bar’s signature cocktails. RSVP here for $45 per person.

As for the art for sale in the museum’s gift shop, Tuttle—who is the founder and director of the Children’s Art Studio Richmond—said art, especially drawing and painting, was her “constant companion” growing up in Columbia and became her bridge to her new home in the U.S. Ultimately, she said she believes in the transformative power of art.

Dunagan is a painter and photographer with a B.A. in Studio Art from Stanford University, who makes her home in Berkeley. According to the museum, her current work explores how children inhabit and experience the world, and the tension between the different realities of childhood and parenthood.

The Richmond Museum of History & Culture is located at 400 Nevin Avenue in Richmond. Questions? Call (510) 235-7387.