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Several pieces of art including In the Studio (center), an oil on canvas created in 1964 by Peggy Grant, are on display until Feb. 25, 2013, at the Midwest Museum of American Art in downtown Elkhart. The Images of Children in Art exhibit features works from the museum’s permanent collection and selected loans from area artists. The exhibit includes 77 pieces, most of which have never been displayed in the museum. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

A trio of the Images of the Children in Art exhibit at the Midwest Museum of American Art includes (clockwise from left) A Dog’s Life, a gelatin silverprint from 1949 by local photographer Irma Haselwood; Eating Breakfast, 1893, watercolor by Otto Stark (1859-1926); and Girl Fixing Hair, 1970, lithograph, ed. 52/125 by Raphael Soyer (1899-1987). The 77-piece exhibit will be on display in downtown Elkhart until Feb. 25, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
New exhibit captures the magic of childhood

Posted on Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Elkhart — A new exhibit at the Midwest Museum of American Art aims to capture a sense of childlike wonder through a collection of pieces featuring children and childhood themes.

The exhibit, titled “Images of Children in Art,” includes 77 pieces, about 85 percent of which have never been displayed in the museum, said Brian Byrn, curator of exhibitions and education.

Among the pieces in the exhibit are several examples from the museum’s collection of Norman Rockwell lithographs.

“We are known nationally for our Norman Rockwell collection, and he had quite the affinity for children,” Byrn said.

Local photographer Irma Hazelwood also has a prominent place in the exhibit.

“Her work resembles Rockwell but in black-and-white photography,” Byrn said. “She lived here in Elkhart but went virtually unnoticed by local people, except for perhaps the neighbor kids who were featured in her nationally award-winning photography.”

Throughout the exhibit, toys evoke childhood memories.

“We have a collection of vintage and antique toys to flavor the show,” Byrn said. “There is a fully restored 1953 mechanical rideable Roy Rogers’ horse, Trigger. It would sit outside of a store and you could put at silver dime in it and kids could ride down the happy trail.”

The horse, unfortunately, is no longer offering rides.

“This is a museum after all!” Byrn said.

“Images of Children in Art” will run through Feb. 25.

The Midwest Museum of American Art is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and $2 for children age 5 and older and college students.

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