Saturday, March 3, 2018

The South Natomas Community Center Art Club's Art Show at University Art Supplies, March 10th

   






I'm excited about my students' art show coming up a week-from today. It will be in the window of my favorite art supplier's store. 

The exhibit will go up on March 10th, "Second Saturday" and will be in the store's special window for the rest of March and all of April. The students have a little reception outside the store, serving punch and cookies. The manager, Dave Saalsaa, is always so supportive, and parents usually bring more relatives and friends to see the work.

 I have ten regular students in class this year, from age 7 to age 16 (the latter a returning student.) Most of the students are 9 or 10. The above pictures are 5 of the 10 pieces that will be in the show — pictures taken before they were matted. Along with the matted pictures on display, the students have "artistic statements" with artist photos, and the pictures have labels with the name of the work, the student's age, and the media used for the art piece. 

Here's the announcement. 

                                  ANNOUNCING:

THE SOUTH NATOMAS CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM
                             2018 ART EXHIBITION
    SHOW-CASING WORK OF ARTISTS AGES 7-16  
          
WHERE?  THE WINDOW OF UNIVERSITY ART SUPPLIES
UNIVERSITY ART STORE WINDOW
                                                                        2601 J STREET
                                                                        SACRAMENTO, CA. 95816
                                                         (Midtown – corner of 26th & J Streets)

EXHIBIT OPENS SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018 WITH A STUDENT RECEPTION FROM 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
 ART WORK WILL BE DISPLAYED THROUGH MARCH AND APRIL

I simply love doing this each year, but I had to drop it last year when it looked like I might have a second eye surgery. As it turned out, I didn't (touch wood). I really missed the class. I love what I'm doing as a writer, but I do spend the majority of the week huddled over my keyboard and in the land of imagination. A real high point is going to this class each Thursday and watching the students get immersed in their art. This was the first year we got easels, and we use these for the painting, but also for some pastel work.






If you like art and you are in the Sacramento area next Saturday, I hope you can find time to come by for some punch and cookies and enjoy the student art. University Art Supplies also has good prices on art materials, for those of you who paint or draw. 

Meanwhile, do you have pet projects that take you away from your keyboard and your WIP? Any school programs that you participate in? 


24 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

What a lovely diversion for you. Children's art was pretty much limited to fridge doors when I was growing up. And my mother gave mine to a childless neighbour which left her fridge uncluttered.

Kenda Turner said...

What a neat program for kids. No wonder you enjoy working with them--you get to help them develop their talent and it shows :-) Though I enjoy crafts, I don't have much drawing or art talent so I envy you in that. But my daughter homeschools her kids so I often have a chance to work with them on their projects, and it's great fun to see what they can do.

Richard Hughes said...

It's always good to see what kids are doing in their art work.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks for stopping by, Elephant's Child. How lovely of your mother to give your kid art to a childless neighbor. I'm sure that brightened your neighbor's life. Interestingly, even though my mother loved art and encouraged it in me, the fridge door was where it landed, too. :-)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Kenda. While I was a public school teacher, so many art and music programs have been cut from budgets, along with field trips, etc., that homeschooling offers a child a lot of enrichment experiences. I think it's nice that you help out with your grandchildren's projects. That kind of nurturing goes a long way.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Richard, I know you are quite an art lover and do a lot of art yourself. I hope your own projects are going well. I always enjoy it when you post samples.

Rosi said...

You have some very talented kids. I know how much you enjoy teaching the class and putting on the show. It's a great diversion for you.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like an awesome exhibit. And I bet your students are excited too. I remember my daughter and I going to see her art displayed in some school-related exhibits when she was younger.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Rosi, thanks for stopping by. Yes, the class is a real high point in my week, and the show is a high point in my year. I missed doing this a lot last year. So glad I didn't need the surgery for double reasons. :-)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Natalie, Yes, the students are excited, and the parents are, too. I hope it isn't as cold, though. The reception is under the awning outside the store window. Meanwhile, it's a good chance, too, for me to urge them to get art supplies for their kids: UA offers nice discounts for students. :-)

Vicki Lane said...

Nice work! I especially like the dancers.

Mirka Breen said...

Love the art. So pure and direct. Love that you are doing this.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Vicki, I do, too! It's taken from one of William H. Johnson's masterpieces. The student artist really captured the scene.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Mirka, "pure and direct" is such a good description. These artists really put their hearts into it.

Sandra Cox said...

How exciting, Elizabeth. And kudos to you for sharing your time and talent with these wonderful students.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Sandra, It's so special to do that. I get as much from them as they do from me. I just hope it doesn't rain or that it isn't terribly cold this Saturday, as the little reception is outside the store, not inside. Cross fingers.

Nas said...

Such a great program for kids. I have saved all my kid's art work.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I'm so glad you do that, Nas. It feeds their sense of being able to produce something worthwhile and to be taken seriously. Thanks for stopping by.

DMS said...

Wish I was in the area- this sounds like a great event. So excited for you and your students. :)
~Jess

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

That would have been so nice, Jess. I'm going to post pictures of the show on my FB. I may post them here as well. Stay tuned.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I Love those art pieces...wow

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, OE, Nice to see you in blog-land again. I'm glad you like the pictures. I'll be posting about the art show soon, so do return. Have a great day.

Mark Noce said...

Wonderful! Looks great, thanks for letting me know:)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Mark, thanks for stopping by. Congratulations for your fundraising for good causes.