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Drawing in the public

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

ALBANY -- Visitors to the Albany Museum of Art over the next week will have a chance to become part of the exhibit.

On Saturday, the museum resumed its Drawing Marathon program that formerly was an annual winter event. In the Learning Curve Gallery, which the AMA uses for family and youth events, including art camps, the walls will be covered with newsprint for art that is created by those who visit the museum.

"Anybody can just drop in and draw on the wall," Crystal Morrison, marketing and public relations director for the AMA, said Thursday. "We're covering the wall with newsprint. People can come in and draw and color."

Morrison said the museum will provide drawing and coloring materials for visitors to use.

AMA Executive Director Nick Nelson said the event had been off the museum's schedule for a while.

"Several years ago," he said, "we did it as an annual event in January. We're bringing it back as a fun event."

Nelson said the space is normally dedicated to art camps and youth exhibits, such as the annual Kiwanis art competition. But right now the walls are, well, bare.

"We want to use that space and put some art in," he said. "Everybody from artists to little kids and everyone in between can add to this drawing."

The project started Saturday and will conclude this coming Saturday.

While the museum will provide materials, those who have their own art materials are welcome to use them if they prefer, Nelson said.

The museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. There is no admission charge.

"It's just during regular museum hours," Nelson said.

The results will be that anyone who wants to, regardless of talent level, will be able to see his or her work as part of the exhibit.

"It's just a chance for people to contribute to the drawing," Nelson said.

Contact the AMA at (229) 439-8400 or email info@albanymuseum.com.