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Young @ Art showcases budding talent

The Third annual Young @ Art show for middle school students in the Sacramento region is calling for entries from ambitious, aspiring young artists Feb. 10-11.

The extremely popular art show is sponsored by St. Francis Catholic High School, known statewide and nationally for its programs in the visual and performing arts. Although St. Francis is an all-girls school, entries from both boys and girls from public, private and home schools are encouraged.

The show is an opportunity for students to experience the procedures for entering an art show and to have their talents acknowledged in a regional forum. It is an opportunity for inspiration and validation.

Pictures must be matted, but canvas and sculptures do not need matting. A 2-by-3-inch label should be permanently affixed to the front lower right hand corner of the work. Information on the label should include the following: Student’s first and last name; student’s grade; school name and art teacher name.

The limit for submissions is up to 20 pieces per school and one work per student.

Any medium and size are accepted. Human imagination are the only limits.

“This year I know we have quilts coming in from a youth quilt class,” said Elizabeth Danielson, arts executive director and producer at St. Francis High School. “The show is open to all 6th- through 8th-graders from the Sacramento area. Schools from Davis, Auburn, Woodland, Granite Bay and El Dorado Hills have participated in the past.”

A few details: Students and schools should deliver art works to the St. Francis High School Art Theatre Complex Foyer between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, or Friday, Feb. 11. Artwork will not be accepted after Feb. 11. The campus is located at 5900 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento, just off 65th Street and Highway 50.

The show will be held at the St. Francis High School Arts Complex from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Awards will be presented to students and teachers at 6:30 p.m. All artists, teachers, parents and families are invited to the opening.

The real purpose of the show is to show young artists the ropes when it comes to exhibiting work, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great prizes, too. The grand prize is a full scholarship to a St. Francis Summer Arts Workshop — worth $350. Other prizes include $100 gift certificates to University Art and Utrecht art supply stores, a sketchbook and charcoal, a St. Francis Arts T-shirt, thank you gifts for teachers and more.

The arts are viewed as an important part of the curriculum at St. Francis High School, according to Danielson.

“Creativity is an exploration of one’s thoughts put on paper or other media,” she said. “It uses brain skills that other ‘more academic’ classes may not tap. For many, art can be a calming stress-reliever and others find it more interesting to express themselves through art than through writing. Offering the arts to students allows them to find out about themselves, how they best communicate to others, how to appreciate and interpret art and how to enjoy the process. It makes for a well-rounded and interesting person.”

For more information visit the St. Francis High School website at stfrancishs.org, or the Young@Art page at tinyurl.com/2f7flfk. Scroll to the bottom of the page for photos from last year’s competition. Questions can be directed to Danielson at edanielson@stfrancishs.org or (916) 452-3461 ext. 200.

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  1. Hi Susan,

    What a wonderful article. Thank you for writing this. I received a call from Naomi the other day and unfortunately it went to my voicemail. Please send her my love. Moira

  2. Hi, Moira ~

    Thank you for the kind words. It is always a pleasure to promote the arts for our community’s young people. :o)

    Sorry you missed the phone call from Sweden — maybe the next time! I’ll pass along the love to Naomi.

    Kram! (That’s Swedish for “Hugs!”)

    — Sue :)

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