Draw Your Own Conclusions

Shotgun shacks crafted entirely out of Popsicle sticks. Glittery strings of precious jewels (AKA macaroni). Minimalist renditions of life and its cycles (stick figure family units). Kids have lots of ways to express themselves artistically – of course, some of them are easier to display in your home than others.

For the family of four year-old art phenom Marla Olmstead, kid art has consumed their lives. For a glorious year (age 3), her abstract paintings first got her a one-girl show, then were snatched up by high end collectors. The whole mess provided more than $300,000 in revenue for the family. But then that pesky 60 Minutes story came out. It accused Marla’s pops of “guiding” her creative intuition. Quickly the checks were replaced by hate mail.

This off-beat story is now a documentary called My Kid Could Paint That, and it’s screening locally at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Through the filmmakers lens you can concoct your own reasoning about what is, and what isn’t art. Show starts at 8 p.m., tickets cost $5 to $8. Visit www.fliff.com.
Dec. 27-30, 2007

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