April 18, 2021

Free Lance-Star’s Young Life Column Highlights Preschool Palette, UMW Theatre Virtual Performance

Preschool Palette offers classes both onsite at Gari Melchers Home and Studios and online.

Preschool Palette offers classes both onsite at Gari Melchers Home and Studios and online.

The “Young Life” column in The Free Lance-Star’s Weekender section recently highlighted “Preschool Palette,” a program for young visitors, aged 2-5, at Gari Melchers Home and Studio, which is being offered both on-site and online.

“I feel that art galleries are for people of all ages, and children shouldn’t be intimidated by them. Exploring art can inspire them to create something, too!” said Michelle Crow–Dolby, education and communications manager.

One of the most popular programs for children that was launched nearly 10 years ago is “Preschool Palette,” with sessions that include a story-reading, colorful garden stroll and a related art project.

“I realized that the children in that age bracket of 2 to 5 were underserved in the art world. This was one of the first regional art programs that targeted preschoolers,” said Crow–Dolby. Read more.

 

Bedtime Stories The column also recently highlighted UMW Theatre’s upcoming virtual children’s performance of ““Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up),” staged by the student-led Studio 115.

Playwright Ed Monk wrote “Bedtime Stories” when he had young children, and the script speaks to parents as much as the younger demographic. The show follows a father telling his kids bedtime stories, but he doesn’t quite remember the tales, and invents twists, turns and endings on the fly.

Junior theater majors Oscar Leon and Cate Puglia are co-directing the piece. And while they’d prefer to perform in person, the experience—like a bedtime story—has taught them valuable lessons. Read more.