If you've begun to worry that your kids aren't getting their artistic batteries charged enough these days--too much TV and too much canned music--this weekend is a good time to get the whole family out of the house and get those aesthetic dials twitching.
Live music and "live" sculptors and painters will be part of the "Free National Open House Day" at two National Park Service sites on the south edge of the San Fernando Valley along Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Near the Coldwater Canyon Drive intersection, at the park service's Franklin Canyon Ranch site, a bevy of sculptors, painters, photographers and calligraphers will be giving demonstrations of their art from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. (Get on Franklin Canyon Drive, find Lake Drive and follow it to the end.)
One of the artists, Canoga Park sculptor Jean Cherie, will be there doing portraits in clay. Currently vice president of the Golden State Sculptor's Assn., Cherie's "straight job" is making props and specialty sculptures for Hollywood productions such as "Batman Forever" and "Indian in the Cupboard."
Stone carver Laura Wambsgans and David Richter, who does "assemblage" with found objects, will also be at work.
The next day, at the park service's Peter Strauss Ranch site where Mulholland Highway crosses Troutdale Road, there will be a blues concert from 2 to 4 p.m. featuring slide guitarist Stan West, a 30-year blues veteran.
According to park spokeswoman Catherine Saunders, the event is a special opportunity for kids. "If you're gonna get 'em interested, you gotta' start 'em young," she said.
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* FYI: "Free National Open House Day" will be held at selected National Park Service sites in the Santa Monica Mountains. On Saturday, at "Nature Through Artist's Eyes," sculptors, painters and other artists will give demonstrations. On Sunday, Stan West will give a guitar presentation and concert. Picnickers are welcome. For more information, call 597-9192.