MSJC presents bee-inspired art exhibit

The a.r.t.e.r.y 2018 Bee-as-1 showcases art throughout late summer

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The bee themed art gallery will be available at the San Jacinto Campus Art Gallery.

■ Mt. San Jacinto College / Contributed

The MSJC Art Gallery, California Family Life Center and Worth Visual Arts are pleased to present the “a.r.t.e.r.y 2018 Bee-as-1” exhibit. This exhibition marks the twelfth collaboration with CFLC and MSJC.
The exhibit will be held from Aug 20 through Sept 20, Monday – Thursday during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the San Jacinto Campus Art Gallery off of North State Street in San Jacinto. The opening reception will be held there on Aug 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A.r.t.e.r.y (art, recognition, transition, education, reciprocating, youth) 2018 Bee-as-1, draws an analogy to our bee communities, our own individual skills and understanding, and how one can contribute to further benefit our society, human conditions and communities through community service. Studying the individual honeybee’s contributions to the whole of their community, draws important lessons and insight to the importance of mentoring and community service – always working as one to further better the lives of all.
Through printmaking, sculpture and recycled materials the a.r.t.e.r.y students get a chance to spread their wings. The show takes you on a flight of a bumble bee through different types of art that buzz with color inventive structure. For Bee-as-1, the gallery becomes the hive where the honey sweet artworks come to life.
Mentoring, art and community service are key elements to the CFLC a.r.t.e.r.y. Program. This years’ exhibit emphasizes mentoring skills, focusing on the transference of creative energy, vision and goals through art with children. A.r.t.e.r.y. mentors work with school age children (ages six – 17) teaching various art methods and building a one on one relationship with older mentors (ages 18-23).
Youth mentors realize the importance of art benefiting their choices in career paths, while bridging children to positive endeavors within their community. By exhibiting their artwork at the MSJC Fine Arts Gallery, youth are exposed to college as a more attainable path for their future while assimilating comfortably in a college atmosphere.
Student and mentor introspective journals will be displayed and are a crucial part of the a.r.t.e.r.y. program. The journal entries help reveal the artists thoughts on their past and present as their lives change and grow beyond their homes and comfort zones. Bee-as-1 encompasses a time and place to express oneself, while providing the freedom to enjoy art.
The show has been made possible by the cooperative efforts of the MSJC Fine Arts Gallery, Worth Visual Arts Programs, Michele Worth, California Family Life Centers (CFLC); Planet Youth, Empower Youth, Rubidoux YOC. Participating collaborators are Rustic Lane Elementary, CFLC Kin Care, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County, and Think Together. CFLC art mentors conducted sculpture and printmaking classes with community children (4-6th grade and/or teens). Mentors received training daily, focusing on mentor guidelines and skills, journaling, sculpture and art methods for workshop implementation. Some workshop sites include: Rustic Lane, Kin Care, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County
CFLC, Empower Youth a Youth Opportunity Center of Riverside County, is a proud member of the Youth Opportunity Consortium. The consortium is led by the Riverside County Workforce Development Board. This Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Title 1 financially assisted or program activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. California Family Life Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For more information contact John Knuth at Jknuth@msjc.edu, 951-487-3585 or visit msjc.edu/artgallery.

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