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Lulie Wallace: Exploring Museums & Art with Children

Lulie Wallace: Exploring Museums & Art with Children

by Amelia JABEN

A year ago


Artist & mama Lullie Wallace shares her favorite exhibit that sparked her and her children’s creativity. 🌟 She recently explored The High Museum’s Maira Kalman exhibit, “The Pursuit of Everything” and describes her and her daughters’ admiration for the playful, colorful, imaginative works.

Do you have a few favorite museums and specific art pieces or exhibits (either where you live, or places you have seen during your travels)? Whatever has created a fun or happy memory and time for you!

My family and I had the pleasure of visiting The High Museum last weekend in Atlanta, GA. Initially, I planned to visit because it was one of the last chances to see The Philips collection of European masterworks with pieces by Monet, Van Gogh, and Matisse, among many other classics.  My cousin, who lives in Atlanta, told us “be sure and check out the Maira Kalman exhibit before you leave”!  I didn’t know just how much I would enjoy seeing her work and sharing the experience with my girls! 



We strolled Katherine (1.5) and walked with Edy (3) through the Philips collection, and while I loved sharing and looking some of these amazing pieces, it was definitely a trip geared toward me, mama. It was quiet, slow paced, museum browsing.  We played in the High’s great children’s area right off of the entry before we headed over to a separate building to view, “The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman.” What an amazing exhibit!  I was blown away!  I am an artist whose main focus is simple shapes and interesting color combinations. Maira has such a fun and unique style that is interesting fine art and also playful; her themes and pictures are often child like and approachable to all ages! You initially walk into a mural of a train station before you get in a giant freight elevator to the main collection.  Kids were encouraged to touch everything, talk loudly, enjoy the space.  All the art was pretty much hung about their reach, but there was more in the space for them touch and explore than just the framed works.  Once you reached the main exhibit, there was a table for coloring which Edy loved!  

Kalman has written and illustrated twelve children’s books and frequently illustrates for The New Yorker Magazine.  It truly was one of my favorite creative activities I’ve taken my kids too, and I think we both equally enjoyed it!  I really can’t say enough about how much I loved it and how much I enjoyed sharing it with my husband and girls.


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