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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, May 16, 2013

Spring Teen Arts Mentorship Group Exhibition

The Arts Fund is pleased to announce the opening of the Spring 2013 Teen Arts Mentorship Group Exhibition on Friday, May 24, 2013. More than 50 paintings, photographs, and bronze sculptures, will highlight the diverse talents of 30 high school students who participated in four mentorship classes this spring. This year’s program was led by local master artists Nevin Littlehale, Michael Irwin, Elizabeth Schwyzer, and Phillip Van Nostrand.


Spring Mentorship
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Spring Mentorship

The exhibition will be held at The Arts Fund Gallery, located at 205C Santa Barbara Street, and will be on view until June 22, 2012. A public reception will be held in the gallery on the evening of Friday, May 24, from 4:30-7:00 pm. The creative writing reading will begin promptly at 4:30 pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 1-5 pm and Saturday 11-5 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

For 20 years, this unique arts enrichment program has offered promising teenage artists the opportunity to work closely with local professional master artists in a studio environment. Working in small groups of no more than 10, students receive specialized training, produce portfolio-quality work, gain insight into future careers in creative fields, and participate in a group exhibition in a professional gallery.

The Mentorship Group Exhibition represents the culmination of students’ work in this program by introducing them to the steps involved in preparing and displaying art in a public venue. The classes that were offered this year are: Bronze Casting, taught by Nevin Littlehale; Painting, taught by Michael Irwin; Creative Writing taught by Elizabeth Schwyzer; and Digitial Photography taught by Phillip Van Nostrand. Sessions were held in private studios, and art classrooms on the campus of Santa Barbara City College. For ten week period, students were immersed in instruction, evaluation, and the creative process.

The Spring 2013 Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition will feature students from Dos Pueblos, San Marcos, Santa Barbara, San Roque, Bishop High, and Carpinteria High Schools. Participants are as follows: Nevin Littlehale/ Bronze Casting-Tajo McBurnie, Lindsey DePledge, Mirra Tubiolo, Rowan Diloia, Gabe Hendlin, and Julian Legros; Michael Irwin/Painting- Grace Budgett, Forrest Van Stein, Louisa Edwards, Hannah Croshaw, Saavan Sagar, Sofia Vermuelen, Kela Johnson, Benjamin Weininger, Lindsey Jessie, and Sam Brenner; Phillip Van Nostrand/Photography- Antara Bird, Jessany Rodenas, Sydney Barton, Joshua Van Orsdel, Jaime Schuyler, Terra Cobain, and Claire Murdoch; Elizabeth Schwyzer/ Creative Writing- Mark Godges, Lisa Giordani, Brianna, and Andrea.

The Spring 2013 Teen Arts Mentorship Program and Exhibition is made possible by the generosity of Santa Barbara Foundation, Change Happens Foundation, Towbes Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, Richard and Maryan Schall, and Bob and Christine Emmons. For more information on the 2013 Teen Arts Mentorship Program, or other Arts Fund programs, please call The Arts Fund at (805) 965-7321.

The Arts Fund (www.artsfundsb.org) was established as a nonprofit in 1983 ded icated to fostering the arts in Santa Barbara County. The organization’s formal mission is to create, fund and administer programs and projects that foster the arts for the people of Santa Barbara County, to act as a catalyst maximizing the effectiveness of arts resources, and to nurture collaborative relationships amongst arts organizations.

The Arts Fund is best known as the sponsor of the annual Individual Artist Awards (IAA), a juried competition open to

Santa Barbara County artists, and the Teen Arts Mentorship Program that matches promising high school students with professional master artists and writers in a workshop setting. In 2001, The Arts Fund opened The Arts Fund Gallery at 205C Santa Barbara Street at Yanonali in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood. Gallery sales and private donations are an important and essential source of funding for the organization. Please visit http://www.artsfundsb.org to learn more upcoming programs and events or how to make a donation to support the work of The Arts Fund. The Arts Fund Gallery is open Wednesday – Friday, 1 -5 pm and Saturdays 11 – 5 pm.

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