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Young artists show work at Arts Alive

Kimberly Nicoletti
summit daily news

Artists from Arts Alive Gallery are ensuring the younger generation appreciates art.

This Saturday, Arts Alive in Breckenridge features eight Brownies’ work at a reception from 4-8 p.m. at 500 S. Main St. Their work will be on display throughout April.

Arts Alive’s Young Artist Program aims to reach out to the community, especially young people, to foster a love for art.

“This project has been over-the-top fun and successful for artists and students,” said Diane Jaynes of Arts Alive.

She taught the budding young artists three key points in artistry: seeing with your eyes (such things as shapes, lines and repetition), using your mind to feel (for example pairing yellow with happy, blue with calm and red with excitement) and creating a painting to tell a story.

“When the eight girls entered the gallery one afternoon, they started wandering all around with wide eyes, looking at the art, asking questions, picking their favorites,” Jaynes said. “It was so thrilling to be a part of their discovery as they were curious, enthusiastic, and engaged even before we gathered to talk about the art project.”

After the girls listened to the presentation, they picked a picture of a painting to use as a guide or created ceramic projects. When they finished, they signed their names and titled their work – three girls even wrote stories to hang next to their pieces. A handful of artists from the gallery helped the girls with mixing paint and colors and encouraged their creative process.

Josie Jardon was one of the 8-year-olds who participated, and she will be at the Saturday reception, representing her work. She painted red and orange flowers in a meadow.

“It was fun learning how to be like a real artist and how to mix colors,” Jardon said.

Joan Jardon is one of the Brownie leaders, and she witnessed the girls’ excitement as they worked with established artists.

“I think they did a really excellent job showing them different color (mixtures) and brush strokes,” Joan Jardon said. “(It gave the girls) more of an appreciation for art … several of them love to do artwork anyway, so this was more of a building block for them.”

Arts Alive artists plan on continuing the Young Artist Program next year.

“Plus I feel certain that art will be an integral part of the lives of these Summit young artists,” Jaynes said.


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