Rock Hill, SC – Designed especially for creative play among young children (under 6) and their families, Tot Town is a new gallery at the Museum of York County and is inspired by the artwork of illustrator, Vernon Grant. Located beside the Vernon Grant Art Gallery, currently exhibiting Time to Rhyme, Tot Town also features some of Grant’s delightful nursery rhyme illustrations along with their traditional verses. Families are invited to explore the whimsical settings together and enjoy fun activities that engage young minds and bodies. Have a tea party, dress up like a butterfly, put on a puppet show or share a book in the cloud nook. Playing is the real work of childhood – and helps children build brain, brawn and buddy power!
Also opening April 28th in conjunction with the Earth Day Birthday Celebration at the Museum of York County will be two bottle-cap mosaics created by the Western York County Art-After-School (WYCAAS) students. Inspired by the myriad colors and sizes of bottle caps - and the desire to find imaginative ways to use non-recyclable objects – students in the WYCAAS program designed and created mosaics using plastic bottle caps. Bottle caps cannot be recycled and ordinarily end up in the county landfill – but in the hands of these young artists, the caps have become colorful and extraordinary pieces of art!
This exhibit showcases the new 2012 mosaic, titled “Appalachian Mandala,” which features clear and white bottle-caps in a monochromatic design reflective of traditional Appalachian Native American art. WYCAAS Students, ranging in ages from 7 to 17, worked together on the project. Lowes of York generously donated materials used in this artwork. Also on display is a bottle-cap mosaic made by WYCAAS students in 2011 - titled “Moon Garden,” which portrays a nature-inspired design created by using many colors of bottle caps. The Western York County Art-After-School Program is held at the McCelvey Center in York, SC, and is sponsored in part by Culture & Heritage Museums of York County and the Arts Council of York County.