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Tarble Family Days


Tarble Family Days

Saturdays, September 23 and September 30, 2023 

12-1pm (members only) | 1-4pm (public) 

RSVP required for Listening and Mending w/ Visiting Artist Hadley Clark at  

The Tarble, Coles County Arts Council, and the EIU Art Education and Fashion Design and Merchandising programs invite you to bring the whole family for two Saturday afternoons filled with art and exploration for all ages  



Who Speaks for the Oceans? Exhibition Tour for Members w/ Director and Chief Curator Jennifer Seas  
Members only 


WATERSHED model play area with toys and books designed by Enzo Mari 
Recommended for ages children up to age 4, who must be accompanied by an adult 

Our youngest visitors are invited to come gently play and read in Chillspace along with their caretakers. 


Debbie Kidwell Memorial Workshop w/ Assistant Professor of Art Education Dr. Brad Olson 

Education Lab 

Recommended for ages 5–11 

In memory of Debbie Kidwell, a beloved artist and educator, the Coles County Arts Council is co-sponsoring an art workshop for elementary school students during Family Day at the Tarble. Students from EIU’s Art Education program will lead young creators in a project inspired by the exhibitions on view. Caretakers can drop off children aged 5–11 and participate in adult activities in other areas of the museum. 


Zine-making workshop w/ Assistant Director of Public Engagement Kaen Henry 

1–4pm | Design Lab 

Recommended for ages 12+ 

Visitors to the Design Lab will learn how to create an eight-page mini zine from a single sheet of paper. Create a one-off publication, or make a limited run to share, distribute, or swap with other creators. 

Listening and Mending w/ Visiting Artist Hadley Clark 
Main Galleries 

Recommended for ages 16+; Eventbrite RSVP required at  

Brought to the Tarble in collaboration with Dr. Katie Shaw, Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Design, this workshop presents sewing as a type of listening and mending as an empathetic gesture. Visiting artist Hadley Clark will address the long histories of the sewing circle and quilting bee as spaces of informal discourse and even activism while also considering the impacts of animal materials in fashion as well as the fashion industry’s impact on the Earth’s waterways. Clark will also teach tangible sewing and listening skills that can be used to mend clothing and help participants learn more about how we impact our communities, other communities, more-than-human communities, and the spaces we all share on this planet.  

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Tarble Arts Center

2010 9th St.
Charleston, IL 61920

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