Throughout January, Thump Coffee in downtown Bend hosts the River Song Montessori School Student Art Show, “Vision of Peace.” For First Friday Art Walk, January 6 only, the school will also present “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama,” multi-media prints.
The acrylics on canvas paintings displayed in “Vision of Peace” were painted by River Song children, ages three to six. These works were created as part of an ongoing study of world peace leaders including the Dalai Lama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Maria Montessori. According to River Song, “This January show is in honor of our great peace ambassadors and their contribution toward justice and peace for humanity.”
The children’s art will be auctioned in February. Funds from the auction will contribute to the development of a scholarship fund for community families, an organic hot lunch program and classroom materials.
River Song purchased “The Missing Peace” prints with a goal of collaborating among local schools to develop a values-oriented curriculum for children ages 3-6 to accompany the artwork.