Gala and Art Auction to Benefit Baylor's Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development

April 12, 2013
Catherine BauerOriginal art by Catherine Bauer

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WACO, Texas (April 12, 2013) - The Piper Children's Art Gala and Auction, featuring art by children and Baylor University faculty members, will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the foyer of Baylor's Martin Museum of Art in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.

The free event will feature art by children enrolled at the Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development, with works including photographs, paintings and glazed pottery. Additional pieces of art will be donated for auction and exhibition at the event by Baylor faculty artists including Virginia Green, Paul McCoy, Susan Mullally, Bill Raney, H. Jennings Sheffield, Bob Smith, Karl Umlauf and Niko Weissenberger.

Children are welcome at the event and will have an opportunity to participate in the creation of art. Through the use of printmaking, young artists will be able to make their own cards. A story time and visit to the Create & Explore Center also will be part of the evening's activities.

The center, located at 315 Washington Ave., serves children from 2 months to 5 years old. It is a laboratory for students who are majors in Baylor's department of family and consumer science and for students majoring in education, psychology, linguistics, educational psychology and social work. It is the only childcare center in the Waco area accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

"Our purpose is to provide a model early childhood educational learning environment where Baylor University students observe and work with children," said Barbara Crosby, director of the Piper Center. "To the community of Waco we are a resource that provides training in early childhood learning."

Proceeds from the auction and art sale will benefit the Piper Parent Committee, which supports children and families at Piper. For more information about this event or the Piper Center, call (254) 710-4373.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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