Family Event to Feature ‘Story Painting’

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, in conjunction with its current exhibition, “Dreamkeepers: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art,” hosts an educational, family workshop, “Story Painting,” Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. at the front of the museum. The hands-on painting event is free and open to the public, especially families with children age 6-12. Didgeridoo player William Thoren will perform and tell two children’s stories to explain the history of the didgeridoo.

Didgeridoo musician William Thoren

Didgeridoo musician William Thoren

Families will be able to tour the exhibition, which features the vibrant works of 15 contemporary Australian aboriginal painters, and learn about Australia, its culture, and how to paint similar stories using the same symbols and techniques as the aboriginal artists. Art supplies and snacks will be provided for the hands-on, family-friendly activity.

“The family workshop is a great way to introduce children and their parents to a new culture,” says Judy L. Larson, Askew professor of art history and director of the museum. “Families will hear the stories behind these incredible paintings and learn a little about the makers.”

The exhibition will be on display in the museum through Jan. 19. The museum is open weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and will be closed for Christmas break, Dec. 17-Jan. 6. For more information, call (805) 565-6162.

Here is a video of didgeridoo musician William Thoren performing at the opening reception.