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Feves gallery partners with Playtime Education

Published on February 10, 2018 12:01AM

Participants engage in an art activity during a Playtime Education Family Night at the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery in Pendleton.

Photo contributed by Amber Rittenbach

Participants engage in an art activity during a Playtime Education Family Night at the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery in Pendleton.

Children from Playtime Education pause for a photo while viewing the Watercolor Society of Oregon Traveling Show at the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery in Pendleton.

Photo contributed by Amber Rittenbach

Children from Playtime Education pause for a photo while viewing the Watercolor Society of Oregon Traveling Show at the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery in Pendleton.

Director Lori Sams leads children on an art walk during a Playtime Education Family Night at the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery in Pendleton.

Photo contributed by Amber Rittenbach

Director Lori Sams leads children on an art walk during a Playtime Education Family Night at the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery in Pendleton.


The Betty Feves Memorial Gallery recently teamed up with Playtime Education to engage preschoolers with art in a gallery setting.

As part of Playtime Education’s regular programming, Family Nights are held to involve parents with their preschoolers in fun and informative activities. The gallery, which is located on Blue Mountain Community College’s Pendleton campus, recently hosted the group.

The preschool students and their families viewed the Watercolor Society of Oregon Traveling Show, which is currently on exhibit at the gallery. Participants then created their own watercolor creations in a hands-on activity designed to encourage artistic collaboration between parents and children.

In conjunction with the Playtime Education Family Night, a display of artwork the preschoolers created at school is on view in the main hallway in Pioneer Hall. The display includes watercolor paintings and illustrated alphabet cards that are accompanied by teacher statements about the lesson plans and the connections made between art and literacy, science, language and fine motor skill development.

Lori Sams, Feves gallery director, said they were thrilled to host the family night, as well as displaying the student artwork. She said it highlights how art can be used in a preschool setting to teach young learners about language and science.

“It’s also great for BMCC Early Childhood Education students to see these project examples,” Sams said.

Based in Pendleton, Playtime Education is owned and operated by Amber and Rory Rittenbach. A preschool setting with childcare, the environment offers a day of play while learning important life skills.

The Watercolor Society of Oregon Traveling Show exhibit continues through Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Feves gallery. Located in Pioneer Hall, the gallery is open Monday through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and by appointment by calling 541-278-5952.





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