HAYWARD -- An upcoming art exhibit at Cinema Place Gallery draws inspiration in part from children's book artist Maurice Sendak.
"Wild Things and Mild Things" opens Sept. 13 at Cinema Place Gallery in downtown and showcases the work of 24 local artists.
Sendak, who died earlier this year, was widely considered one of the most important children's book artists of the 20th century. His most famous book, "Where the Wild Things Are," featured creatures that were both humorous and a little bit frightening.
"We're asking artists to give us how they imagine wild things and mild things," said Gail Lundholm, gallery manager. "As I read Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are," he was dealing with a child's imaginings of these wild things. It's not so much about what they are, but what you're imagining."
Parents are encouraged to bring preschool and elementary school children to the exhibit, which is intended to open the door to conversations about scary and safe, as well as real and imaginary, Lundholm said. Teachers may also schedule field trips by calling the Hayward Arts Council, 510-538-2787.
The works include photographs, paintings, graphite work and ceramic sculpture.
The free gallery at 1061 B St. is open from noon until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff