Visitors to Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge will find inspiration in an exhibit by students and their teachers from Snowy Peaks School, an installation as part of the Arts Alive gallery's Summit Young Artist Program.
A stray from the usual stable of the co-op gallery's artists, this exhibit, "Creativity-Imagination: Art Matters," will be on view through May.
The opening reception is Saturday, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public, taking place at the Arts Alive gallery in downtown Breck's LaCima Mall, upstairs at 500 S. Main St. Refreshments will be served.
While it occupies only a small wall space, salon style, it greets visitors entering the gallery. And while it is clearly student work, especially when grouped together, the creativity and effort put forth is something to behold. When one learns how little training these students actually had, the works take on even more significance.
The exhibit presents works in various styles and sizes created after a presentation by several Arts Alive gallery artists at the students' school. Students were introduced to a variety of artists' work for historical and content references, as well as color mixing and basic painting techniques. Their imaginations then guided them in painting their own work on canvas, primarily with acrylic paints.
"The kids receive very little guidance actually," said Arts Alive artist-member and Summit Young Artist instructor Marty Rohde. "They seem to do best with a very brief overview and minimal instruction, letting their imagination go."
Rohde's said that the program is growing, with a number of educators in the gallery whose talents have yet to be tapped.
"Any group of kids in Summit County can participate in the program," explained program founder, Arts Alive co-op member, and gallery committee member Pam Herring. "We've worked with scouts, we've worked with home schooled kids, we've worked with elementary schools." Herring added that they have trouble reaching home-schooled kids and that parents are encouraged to contact the gallery about putting a group together.
As part of the gallery's mission and desire to expand the arts in Summit County they are able to pay for art supplies for kids participating in the program. "I created the program so that any artist in the gallery can propose a project to work with kids," said Herring.
Arts Alive Gallery is a local non-profit artists' co-op sponsored by the Summit County Art Council. Its mission is to promote visual arts and enhance the cultural life of Summit County.
Snowy Peaks School is an alternative to traditional high schools, giving students a smaller, relationship-based program with flexibility to provide personalized educational development in the students' quest for a high school diploma and career. Snow Peaks previously participated in the Arts Alive Young Artist Program and created a group of clay bird totems, on permanent display at the school.
Find out more at http://summitarts.org/.