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Your child is invited to create works of art

Your child is invited to create works of art

If you have a budding artist at home, here’s a chance to let them shine and help others at the same time.

The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library is inviting children to create works of art to sell at its annual Arts Gala fundraiser.

Beginning March 7, project packets will be available in the Children’s Room at the library, 1120 Stafford Road. All materials needed to complete the artwork are included. Pictures will be displayed at the gala and offered for sale for $10 each.

If the piece sells, the library will send a check to the child artist, minus a 30 percent commission, the standard fee for artists.

“It’s a wonderful lesson in fine art, sales and fundraising, plus it is exciting to create and be featured in an art exhibit alongside more than 60 local artists, said Laura Appleby, gallery manager at the library.

Kids are invited to visit the library’s Imagination Hub and check out an artist packet to be completed at the library. Art pieces are turned in to the Children’s Desk.

There will be four featured projects over four weeks in March: Monet’s Garden Watercolors, Kandinsky Trees, Impressionist Landscape Collage and Mixed Media Collage.

Proceeds from this year’s gala will support a mental health presentation in the fall by Frank Warren of PostSecret. PostSecret is a community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on postcards. They are then posted on the group’s website or used for its books or exhibits.

A PostSecret exhibit came to the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010, revealing “confessions” about family, religion, abortion, abuse, suicide and a host of other topics.

The Arts Gala opens with the Starlight Reception on April 15, then opens to the public April 16 and 17.