Animal, vegetable or mineral?

It’s a question from the game titled “20 Questions” — which inspired the current exhibit at the Tempe Center for the Arts gallery. The exhibit, which runs through Sept 2, features the work of 12 Arizona artists. It “embraces the unusual, quirky and off-beat appeal of artworks that do not always fit into categories such as painting, drawing and sculpture.”

I explore the gallery each time I take in a Childsplay show at TCA — either arriving a bit early to enjoy it or strolling through it during intermission. I wish more parents would visit the gallery with their children when they are there. It’s a small enough space that children feel comfortable rather than overwhelmed by the art and its surroundings.

The TCA says it worked with artists to create various “storylines, questions and conversation topics for audiences.” Those exploring the gallery can enjoy a “20 Questions” scavenger hunt for adults, coloring pages for children and SRP “gaming lounge” (it’s way cool) and social media options. This isn’t your mother’s museum.

The TCA also features an enclosed sculpture garden where families can enjoy larger works of art. Not everything flashes across a screen. It’s good to remind kids that there’s a big wild world out there for which no mouse or remote control is needed. Admission to the gallery is free, and it’s open Tues-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 11am-6pm.

Here’s a little taste of the “20 Questions” exhibit…

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To learn more, visit Tempe Center for the Arts at www.tempe.gov/tca

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about the 12 featured artists

Coming up: Shakespeare shorts

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