First, I'd like to thank University Art Supplies Store for hosting the students' art reception on Saturday, March 12th to kick off the exhibit, which will be displayed in the window for the rest of March and all of April.
University Art is a marvelous art supplies store that provides several programs for young people, as well as classes for all ages. They are located at the corner of 26th Street and J Street. You can learn more about their products and programs HERE, (and please "like" them on Facebook HERE. )
Next, I'd like to thank the South Natomas Community Center for being so supportive of the after- school art club. They purchase materials for me and store them at the center. All I have to do is go in and teach, and students already love art before they ever come in. The center offers a variety of services and classes for the community. You can learn more about their programs HERE
Now -- on with the Second Saturday art reception and exhibit. For those who don't live in Sacramento, "Second Saturday" each month is when art lovers go from gallery to gallery, enjoying receptions for new art exhibits. The receptions often feature wine and munchies, but our artists served punch and cookies. Below are the 17 pieces of art displayed, along with pictures of some of the students and their families. Enjoy.
Students range in age from 6 to 14, although the class is mainly set up for 8-to-12-year-olds. But some are returning students and go farther with the lessons, and some have older siblings in class, which keeps the class from becoming geared to 1st or 2nd-graders: The younger ones simply keep up and constantly amaze me with their grasp of what are basically lessons for older kids. Below are pictures of some of the students who came to the reception (in shifts, between noon and 2:00 p.m.) and their proud families. It got pretty hectic at times, so I didn't get a chance to photograph everyone who came.
|This artist is seven.|
|Her cousin, artist on the right, is nine.|
|The artist on the left just turned eight.|
Hopefully her brother will join one day.
|Another seven-year old artist.|
|This artist just turned seven.|
|The artist on left is ten. Shy sister on |
right is too young for the class.
Her thirteen-year-old sister, a fine
artist, was sick and couldn't attend.
|Two artists, sisters; the one on left is|
seven; the one on the right is eleven.
|I didn't get a photo of these two artists|
before they left, so this is last year's
photo: The artist on the left is nine
this year; on the right, fourteen.