Bee happy, bee healthy in San Jacinto

Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley Chronicle
Pictured in front of the current bee sculpture exhibit at Mt. San Jacinto Junior College (MSJC) Art Gallery is Gallery Curator John Knuth.

■ Chronicle News Staff

The MSJC Art Gallery, California Family Life Center and Worth Visual Arts presented the “a.r.t.e.r.y 2018 Bee-as-1” exhibit through Sept. 20. This exhibition marks the twelfth collaboration with CFLC and MSJC.
The gallery was the site of a San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce social mixer held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in which the Chamber announced a series of upcoming events. These include the national SCSDA sand drag races, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, at Soboba Casino, and Envision San Jacinto, a free event to promote health and wellness and encourage people to visit San Jacinto’s downtown district on Saturday, Sept. 29, along the city’s Main Street, which will become a temporary pedestrian mall. The sculptures in the exhibit were created by MSJC students in conjunction with the college’s Art Department.
A.r.t.e.r.y (art, recognition, transition, education, reciprocating, youth) 2018 Bee-as-1, drew 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 took 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 became the hive where the honey sweet artworks come to life.

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

Mentoring, art and community service are key elements to the CFLC a.r.t.e.r.y. Program. This years’ exhibit emphasized 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.
Bee-as-1 encompassed a time and place to express oneself, while providing the freedom to enjoy art.
The show was 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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