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Kite exhibit
Larry Day will be sharing his love of kites at the Clear Lake Arts Center. Submitted photo

CLEAR LAKE — Kay and Larry Day are sharing their love of kites in an exhibit, “Kites, Beautiful Kites: Combining Art, Form and Function to ‘Color the Wind’ ,” in the Hanson Gallery at Clear Lake Arts Center.

A colorful collection of kites and kite memorabilia is on display.

The public is invited to a reception at the arts center for Kay and Larry Day from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Jan. 20. Light refreshments will be served.

Kay and Larry organize the “Color the Wind Kite Festival” each year at the sea wall in Clear Lake. This year, the festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19.

Kites have been used for entertainment for thousand of years. The Wright Brothers also used them to help create their gliders, which then evolved into their first successful powered flight at KittyHawk. Kites have been used as communication tools in war, as measuring tools, as radio antennas and to lift and carry “spotters.”

Designing a kite requires knowledge of aerodynamics. You also want your kite to add beauty to the sky, to stimulate imagination, and to thrill the viewer with not only its movement, but also with the colors that play against each other and the sky.

“Rave On IV,” a 1950s-themed exhibit, is on display in the Hanson Window Gallery.

Arts center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The Arts Center is located at 17 S. Fourth St. Admission is free. For information, call 641-357-1998 or visit www.clartscenter.com.

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