Peace, Holiday, According To Children

PEACE AND HOLIDAY, an exhibition of children's art from around the world at the Prudential Center Lobby and Cafe du Mnde at the Greenhoujse, 150 Huntington Avenue through April 9. Presented by Carol Green of the Children's Gallery.

by Jeanne Belovitch

You owe it to yourself to see this exhibition of children's art. Boston is fortunate indeed to be reminmded through the exquisite work and feelings of these children of our human values and how simple are the things we dearly cherish.

The work is done by boys and girls ages four to 14 years. At the PArudential Center Lobby are their expressions of Peace in forms of collage, water color, charcoal, and prints. Each work has with it a personal statement by the artist. Many of these children have experienced personally the ravages of war or live in countries that are healing from armed conflict. It is evident from their art and writings that they truly understand the meaning of freedom and peace. But most startling and telling are their profound hopes expressed in every piece of art exhibited.

Here are some of the comments of these children with brief descriptions of their work:

Son Yung Shik, age 12, fom Ae Saeng_Won, Korea writes, "It is 20 years since Korean War was over in our country. But nowadays the trace of war damage was healed completely. It is a picture of a small city with peace and freedom in the ringing, breath of development and prosperity." This youth's water color shows a quiet village in vivid colors of blues, pinks and greens with people walking across a bridge.

Daisy Rani, age six, from India, draws a single orange fish with big????

"Having a friend all the time is peace," writes Thomas Pinasen, a five-year-old from the Philippines. He has painted a boy playing with his dog.

LoSak Ip, age 10, has created an exquisite painting ofvillage rooftops in shades of blue and turquoise. His sky is filled with beautiful doves. He writes, "Doves are flying free in the sky. In a quiet village everyone keeps ????

Tran Khank Trung, a 10-year-old from Vietnam, has drawn in vivid blue and green pastels farmers working under a peaceful sky. This work is particularly sophisticated for a 10-year-old in composition and drawing. Tran writes, "Farmers are working hard and producing more. They hope a peaceful life will come again soon."

Robert Court, age 12 frrom India, brings his wish to life in his watercolor of a dog, a cat, a rat, and a dove flying overhead. He writes, "The cat, the dog, and the rat which are by nature enemies join as friends. How peaceful the world would be if men were like these animals and would be friends. Then the dove of peace would be ever in our midsts."

Chuang Shun-Yu, age 13, from Taiwan, expresses similar feelings in an exceptional watercolor and innk drawing of animals that have found harmony in their lives This youth writes, "This picture shows the elephant, the bird, the lion, and the deer will not invade each other. On the contrary, they are living in peace and with happiness. If all mankind love peaace, the war will disappear completely."

At the Cafe du Monde is an exhibition expressing the theme of Holiday. Carol Green, a collector of children's art and responsible for bringing this show to Boston, said, "These children make an occasion, a holiday out of what we in this country often times take for granted---being close to nature and together with their family. They celebrate the moon and love to chase butterflies and go fishing.When we re-examine the realitiesof the lifestyles of these cultures, we learn that these simple things are precious to these children and the most possible."

Through the art of these children???rice dumplings are served; a New Year's day celebration in Korea where a family joyfully plays in teh snow; and the thrill of bicycling in Korea. several children painted how they celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival---the 15th day of the eighth lunar month in Taiwan. In vivid colors, Wu Cheng-Hsien shows his family including his grandparents and a little dog playing beneath a night sky lighted by a full yellow moon. A young boy with fearful anticipation is about to let off a firecracker, and a table is filled with mooncakes and grapefruit, the traditional food for celebrating this holiday.

There are so many imaginative works of art in these two exhibits that it's hard to single out any one over another.

The exhibition of 50 paintings is sponsored by the Christian Children's Fund, in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1938, it is th eworld's largest and one of the oldest international child care agencies, helping more than 160,000 children around the world.

More than 15,000 children affiliated with the Fund submitted entries in this competition. They were narrowed down to 300, then the 50 winning works shown here in Boston.

Source: South End News, Boston, MA; 1984