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‘Bear’-ing witness to art’s allure

Children "ooh" and "aah" upon entry to the gallery, immediately awed by the array of things to see.
Children “ooh” and “aah” upon entry to the gallery, immediately awed by the array of things to see.
Gleefully discovering the book behind it all
Gleefully discovering the book behind it all
An early exposure to art, whether enjoyed in solitude ...
An early exposure to art, whether enjoyed in solitude …
... or shared with friends.
… or shared with friends.
With a crowned "birthday boy" lounging in a place of honor, Simcox reads "The Hundred Dresses."
With a crowned “birthday boy” lounging in a place of honor, Simcox reads “The Hundred Dresses.”

A sleuth of Bears, 3- and 4-year-olds from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, visited The Gallery at Penn College on Wednesday. Accompanied by Neva E. Simcox, group leader, and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader (and 2017 early childhood education graduate, pursuing an applied management degree), the youngsters excitedly experienced The Hundred Dresses Project. Inspired by the classic children’s book by Eleanor Estes, the exhibit features over 150 dress prints created by professional artists and more than 1,000 prints from classes in a half-dozen Lycoming County school districts. The exhibit can be viewed through July 23 during the gallery’s summer hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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