“Dreaming Cows”

Just in case you were wondering — yes, cows do dream. In fact, they dream in color, at least according to artist Betty LaDuke. LaDuke’s “Dreaming Cows” exhibit, with visions of those dreams, is making its world premiere at the Children’s Museum of Houston this week. Using bright, bold colors and a simple, folk-art style, LaDuke captures the daily lives of farm families in such countries as Poland, Peru, Vietnam and Rwanda, supposedly seen through the dreams of cows. Each of the 70 paintings and drawings shows colorfully dressed native peoples in everyday activities such as going to market, feeding chickens, planting seeds, cooking and, yes, tending cattle. “Dreaming Cows” is based on LaDuke’s travels around the globe as part of her work with Heifer International. (The group supports impoverished farmers with donations of livestock and trees.)

LaDuke will make an appearance at the CMH at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, to discuss her work and travels. Until then, you can see what cows dream about from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Through April 27. 1500 Binz. For tickets and information, call 713-522-1138 or visit www.cmhouston.org. $3 to $5; free admission Thursdays after 5 p.m.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 17. Continues through April 27, 2008

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