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Tannery Pond welcomes "The Power of Masks"

NORTH CREEK - Tannery Pond Community Center will feature an exhibition entitled "The Power of Masks" - international youth art and artifacts from the World Awareness Children's Museum in Glens Falls in the Widlund Gallery from May 29 through June 23.

The meaning of masks in societies all over the world will be revealed through the accompanying interpretation text panels provided by Jacquiline Touba, executive director of the children's museum. The exhibition will also include masks from Japan, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Bali, Venezuela and Costa Rica.

"This is a unique show and we are honored to have it displayed at Tannery Pong," said Elise Widlund.

The art pieces from the Museum's International Youth Art Exchange Program will include paintings and drawings from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Nigeria, Lithuania, Brazil, Poland, Bulgaria, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Romania. Four roles that masks play are explored in the exhibit, on a continuum from the sacred to the secular: transformation, identification, drama and disguise.

Original mounting, research and interpretation for this exhibit was made possible through a major grant from the Cohoes Savings Foundation with additional funding by the New York Council for the Humanities.

The exhibit welcomes interaction between children and the art through a game of "seek and find" in which children are welcome to look for images within the details of the art.

The World Awareness Children's Museum is an educational institution which fosters knowledge and appreciation of world cultures through exhibitions, interactive programming, the International Youth Art Exchange and educator-led tours.

"We are committed to using art conceived through the eyes of children to promote peace and understanding among people of the world," said Touba.

For more information, visit the museum's website at www.worldchildrensmuseum.org.

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