“It’s very unique, and very appreciated by the students here,” he said. “The community seems to love it, too.”
“This is a big-city museum in a small town,” Kennedy added.
Cutler said the biggest hit at the gallery so far has been the pottery collection.
“The students really like the pottery, especially the art students, because they’re doing the same type of stuff in class,” she said. “They understand what it takes to form, glaze and make a piece of pottery.”
Although the gallery’s aim is to educate and expose people to art, Kennedy said it’s more than that.
“It’s a just a warm, cozy refuge,” she said. “It’s a place to escape the busy world and simply enjoy beauty. You need to do that sometimes. It keeps you alive and thriving … A gallery like this stirs people’s sense of dignity and self-respect in Peru.”
And by exposing students to world-class art, Cutler said there’s a chance for kids to be inspired, and that’s not always an easy thing to do.
“This is an investment in providing artistic culture to the school and community,” she said. “We’ve already seen the payoff by the caliber of artists coming out of this school. That’s priceless.”
“The students in the art classes and music classes — I wonder which one of them will be the next world-renowned artist? This investment in the gallery could help create the next generation of artists out there,” she said.
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