DOVER - In the vibrant and colorful drawings created by Portsmouth artist Richard Haynes, an actual rainbow of skin tones is represented and celebrated. The Children's Museum of New Hampshire's Gallery 6 art exhibition "Lean In," not only features Haynes' art, but also his message that "love" can unite us all, no matter our background. The museum's exhibition, which has been on view all summer, will come down at the end of August, but before it does, families can join in on a day of art making Aug. 24 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Haynes will be on hand for this special day of art making to engage with visitors, make some art and answer questions. Haynes is the Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at UNH, and has also collaborated with many other state cultural institutions like the Currier Museum of Art, the Black Heritage Trail of NH, and the NH State Council on the Arts to name a few.
"Haynes asks us to use the universal language of 'Love' to see how we can all rewrite a history that has not been fair to everyone," shared Julia Kirchmer, CMNH's Gallery 6 Curator. "His art invites us to learn from one another's cultures, religions, regions, backgrounds, traditions, and customs, which inevitably makes all our lives richer and filled with more empathy and tolerance."
Visitors to the museum on Aug. 24 will get to color with fine art materials, go on a scavenger hunt for a special prize, join storytimes highlighting the special themes of the day, meet the artist, and even contribute to a community art paper quilt project. All the fun is included with regular museum admission.
The "Lean In" art exhibition's last day on view is Sept 1. The museum closes September 2 through September 13 for its annual cleaning and maintenance. If you'd like to see the art in Gallery 6, but not play in the museum or pay museum admission, that is possible if you just ask the front desk. Gallery 6 is open during regular museum hours and is supported by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Georgia-Pacific and the Fuller Foundation. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org