Ecosystems Exhibit Opens at TSCPL Friday

TOPEKA LIBRARY -- H20 Kansas: Discover Our Ecosystems, our 9th annual Art Exhibit for Children, exposes youth to art and science May 7 through June 18 at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery.

The exhibit encourages families to come to the gallery to explore vistas of the ever-changing Kansas River, historic flooding in Downtown Topeka and man’s impact on nature. You’ll see photographs, oil paintings, watercolors and prints – plus hands-on water activities, like water wheels and floating paper origami boats, for kids and kids at heart.

From aerial views to a frog’s eye view, artists Lisa Grossman and Matt Needham, both of Lawrence and Barbara Waterman-Peters, of Topeka, depict the strength, length and power of our rivers.

"These artists show us scenes from our state that are new to many of us,” Zan Popp, curator, said. “Kansas has beautiful waterscapes, and this exhibit brings three distinct styles together for a unique look at Kansas.”

Children will also experience life on the Kaw as they walk onto the observation deck. The view will include a full-scale diorama of the Kansas ecosystem. Learn about indigenous species and see a mini-ecosystem up close.

Grandma and Grandpa will remember a tragic time in Topeka’s history, with the exhibition of photos from the 1951 flood and large historic maps of how the river has changed.

This annual exhibit is made possible by the Alice C. Sabatini Children’s Endowment and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Sabatini Gallery hosts six exhibits per year and is open the same hours as the library.


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