Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feeling Good Cultural Center Arts Happening for Kids Set Saturday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feeling Good Cultural Center Arts Happening for Kids Set Saturday

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Oscar Wilde said that the best way to make children good was to make them happy.

Wilde would approve of a group of St. Charles County artists who make children feel good by giving them the opportunity to express themselves through paint, paper, poetry and piano.

The artists, in conjunction with the St. Charles County Arts Council and some 40 volunteers, will conduct an Arts Happening for Kids on Saturday at St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, Venture Drive and Mexico Road, St. Peters. The all-day event is scheduled in two sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 a session. Registration is being taken between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily at the Arts Center. Those interested may call 928-1962.

Teachers from 13 to 70 will show children 5 and older how to line dance, write Japanese Haiku and spin tales of Indian lore. Budding crafters may dabble in paper sculpture, silk screen and Indian wire jewelry.

Pianist Daniel Kubus of St. Peters will use his eight years' experience and some written material to teach aspiring piano players the scales and basic notes. Daniel, 13, is a student at Fort Zumwalt North Middle School in O'Fallon.

Daniel rises at 5 a.m. each morning for a two-hour practice session. He takes weekly lessons from John Sun of Webster Groves and also finds time to perform with his school's concert and show choirs.

Daniel has written at least five compositions, he says. The first, "Reviver of Death," was composed 3 1/2 years ago, when his father died.

Daniel's mother, Virginia Kubus, says that writing the composition helped the 10-year-old to accept his father's death.

"He couldn't cry, and the music helped him express his grief," Virginia Kubus said. "It's written in A minor, and you can just hear the pain in the music."

Virginia Kubus and Daniel's older brother, David, take art lessons from Virginia Dragschutz of Harvester. …

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