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Sources: Katherine Schlageck, 785-532-7718,;
and Caitlin Muret, 785-532-7718,
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News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will be turned into a children's playland Friday, June 12, for the "Shape Capers" Open House.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature activities designed to teach shape recognition and creative combination to children, including shape shakers, collages and edible shapes for all ages. Music and movement activities also are being offered.

"Participants will be able to search for shapes in the exhibition 'The Circus Comes to Town' and take part in the activities," said Katherine Schlageck, senior educator at the Beach Museum of Art.

Cathryn Falwell, author and illustrator of the book "Shape Capers," will be on hand to discuss her work and take part in the open house, which she helped to organize.

Also, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, Falwell will give a talk about the creative process, her conscious choice to use a multicultural mix of children in her stories about family and the educational value of her books.

Falwell has received many awards including an American Library Association's Children's Notable Picture Book Award, Parent's Choice Foundation Recommended Award, Lupine Honor Book Award, Children's Literature Choice Award and Reading Rainbow Review Book Award.

Falwell also will autograph copies of her books "Shape Capers," "Turtle Splash" and "Scoot." Varney's Book Store will provide copies of the books for purchase.

The open house and talk are free and open to the public, and are supported by a grant from the Kansas Arts Commission.

For more information, call the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Admission is free, and complimentary visitor parking is available next to the facility. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays.