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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Cari Wolfe talks about looking at art 2010.03.24

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

With every work of art, there’s the visible and there’s also the invisible.puryear.ladder.jpg

Cari Wolfe, a curator and educator with Michigan State University’s Kresge Art Museum, challenged her audience last week at Morenci’s Stair Public Library to  go beyond the obvious and look for the invisible.

“You can’t have the visible without the invisible,” she said. “Think about what you’re visibly seeing but also what you can’t see.”

With the visible, Wolfe spoke about the struggle to set aside existing knowledge.

“Tell me what you see, not what you know,” she said. “It’s very difficult with art.”

She used Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother, 1936” photograph as an example. The iconic photo shows a mother and her three children, suggesting the despair experienced from continuous poverty.

Don’t think about your preconceived notions of the Great Depression when studying the photo, Wolfe said.

“Sit with it, relax with it, spend some time with it,” she said. “Art isn’t doing anything; you have to do the work. When you think you’ve looked enough, look again.”

Wolfe spoke of the need to search information about the work to uncover the invisible. What’s the background of the artist? What was the intent of the artist? Was there a patron involved? What was the culture in which the piece was made? Is there a theme?

“These are all things that are invisible at first when you look at a piece of art,” she said. “To make the invisible visible, I think you really need all of these things together to be able to truly read a work of art.

“It’s fine to walk by it and look at it and find the color beautiful and then you walk on by. But to fully appreciate it, you need all of it. It puts another perspective on it.”

Wolfe explained the background of several Picturing America reproductions and she asked audience members for their ideas.

Wolfe sees the Picturing America as a powerful program for understanding American culture.

Many of the 40 reproductions of American art are on display at Morenci’s Stair Public Library and many other libraries and schools across the country.

Although Wolfe is a promoter and educator with the Picturing America program, she’s quick to point out a shortcoming.

“Go to the museum,” she urged. “See the texture of the painting. See how the paint was applied. See the depth of the photo.”

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