Through the eyes of a child
Thursday, May 01, 2003
Pint-sized artist has gallery opening
Morgan Griffin displays a painting of gosslings.
Morgan Griffin is an artist who works in oils, pastels and acrylics. Her style ranges from realism to abstract. The Lake County Art League, where she is a member, has exhibited her artwork. She is talented, thoughtful and generous, and she is 6 years old.
“Morgan has an obvious artistic talent,” says gallery owner Charlene Berg. “Children’s art can be refreshingly spontaneous. Morgan is very lucky to be able to spend time creating art with both artist grandparents each week. And I am very fortunate to be able to give a young artist an opportunity to exhibit in a real gallery.”
Grandma Becky Griffin is a potter who sells her creations at craft fairs and galleries. Grandpa Elvin Griffin is a self-taught artist who shares his passion for painting with his granddaughter. Morgan has a standing date with her grandpa to work in his home studio every Tuesday.
While Grandpa works in both pastels and oils, Morgan prefers oils. “They are harder to work with, but it gives me a challenge to do.” Morgan also prefers to paint abstracts for the same reason. “I love challenges,” she says.
She took her favorite painting, “Squiggles and Spheres,” to her grandpa’s opening at Charlene’s Gallery Ten in Door County, Wis., last summer. It resulted in an invitation from Berg to exhibit some of her art.
Morgan’s parents, Jeff and Carlene, say they don’t have to encourage her, “She asks to do it. We take her to other galleries…we like to expose her to various experiences.”
But Morgan is not a prima donna. She is every bit a normal little girl. She paints, but she also likes to play with her friends, drive her four-wheeler and swim.
Charlene’s Gallery Ten will display Morgan’s art starting May 3 in the Salon Gallery until it sells. She knows there is a possibility of selling a piece and already has a plan for the money. “I will save up some and I am also going to give some of it to those people in the buildings that fell down.”
-- Rachelle Hinks