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July 13, 2016- July 30, 2016

BLUE BLOSSOM FRIENDSHIP ~~ Children's Art from Hanoi

Our good friend, artist and world traveler, Daniel Kerkhoff, has returned from nearly nine months in Hanoi, Vietnam with a satchel full of children's art.

You may remember his earlier children's art shows with the soul-brightening work of children from Adugyama, Ghana (2010) and Sisid, Ecuador (2012). Instead of living in a small village, as he did in those two previous artist-in-residencies, Daniel lived in the heart of a big city, meeting and working with street children at The Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, children with disabilities affected by Agent Orange at Vietnam Friendship Village, with residents of Blossom House, a foster home for girls, and with young people struggling to find their way in a metropolis emerging from one century and entering the next.

Given his eye-opening experiences, Daniel has decided to make this exhibition a fund-raiser for the supporting organizations.

Opening Reception - Saturday, July 16th from 1pm to 7pm. The full day's events include children's performances, speakers, music, food and other surprises.

Saturday's programming offers a chance to talk with individuals working for humanitarian efforts in Vietnam and worldwide.

- At 2 pm Kuri Sisa, a traditional Ecuadorian children's dance group will perform. - Rev. Alika Galloway, founder and director of Northside Women's Space in north Minneapolis will talk at 3:30 pm about human/sex trafficking. - At 5 pm Lovely's Sewing and Art Collective based in Homewood Studios will do a poetry piece, sing a song, and model their tote bags. - The founder of Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam, Charles De Vet, and HSCV's vice president, Patricia De Vet, will be at the reception and will say a few words. Also, board members of HSCV will be available for questions.

Gallery Talk - Tuesday, July 26th beginning at 7pm

To learn more about the supporting organizations, please visit their websites: