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The art of culinary creativity is also fun at WAC

Updated 7:59 am, Monday, October 1, 2012

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  • Danisha Nasution fashions a food-inspired art project Sunday at the Westport Arts Center. Photo: Jarret Liotta / Westport News contributed
    Danisha Nasution fashions a food-inspired art project Sunday at the Westport Arts Center. Photo: Jarret Liotta

 

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The creation of fine food certainly constitutes art, but how often does fine art involve the creation of food?

Maybe that's what made WACky Day quite whacky, though participating kids and grownups would argue otherwise. In fact, the Westport Arts Center's special event Sunday simply brought families together to try their hands at the collaborative creation of food-related art projects.

For the fifth time in four years, WAC hosted a creative open house highlighting the theme of its current exhibition, "Foodies."

"There was a real need for parents and kids to have high-quality arts programs that they can do together," said Danielle Ogden, director of education for WAC. "What makes it unique is that the gallery is divided into a series of art workshop stations and all the projects are inspired by whatever our current exhibition is."

Hamburger collages, potato people and large-scale utensil drawings were among the creative tasks. Nearly 200 visitors brought their enthusiasm and creative talent to the various tables.

"I think it's a great opportunity for them to be creative and have fun," said Barbara Salinas, assisting her daughter, Isabella Goldstein, 8, in building a haunted house.

"I actually got carried away and starting taking over," she said.

Orly Angerthalwas engaged in helping her girl, Lacey, 4, with a potato-related art project.

"I love it," she said. "I knew it was going to be a hit."

"They tie in the crafts to the art (exhibit), which is good for kids and makes them appreciate what's here, and inspire their own creativity," she said.

Martha Bloom is a WAC art teacher who assisted participants at one station.

"They always have a blast and make beautiful things," said Bloom, who teaches a class for toddlers and parents Thursday morning at the arts center.

"The camaraderie is the best thing," she said. "That happens in my art classes."

"It just builds up a beautiful affinity for one another," Bloom said. "It's a chance to be together and work on something creative."

"People are so busy nowadays," said Sarah Kelly, education fellow at WAC. "You don't get a lot of time with family, so I think it's a wonderful opportunity for people to come ... and just take some time out of their lives to create something together."