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Prepared youthful artists can meet opportunity in Young at ART

By From page B1 | January 08, 2014

Success, we are told, is where “preparedness meets opportunity.”
Or, as one wit put it, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
Those in the arts world often work behind the scenes. They work hard. And it is only after much work that the final creation comes forth at an art gallery. If the artist is “lucky.”
If one is a young artist, the main opportunities are at local fairs. We are blessed to have an additional opportunity for youth in our area: the annual Young at ART show sponsored by St. Francis High School in Sacramento.
This annual juried art show is for middle school students, grades six to eight. Young people from the entire region have an opportunity to share their creative skills.
For girls AND boys
Young at ART is in its sixth year. It is highly anticipated and well-attended. And no wonder: St. Francis is known statewide and nationally for its programs in the visual and performing arts. Although St. Francis is a high school for young women, entries from both boys and girls are encouraged.
“In past years, we’ve been very impressed by how many submissions we’ve had from the surrounding area, especially the Sierra foothills,” said Elizabeth Danielson, arts producer and director of the Summer School at St. Francis. “Teachers were running in to meet the deadline. And the art that’s been coming in is very good.”
The show is an opportunity for students to experience the procedures for entering an art show, as well as to have their talents acknowledged in a regional forum. It is an opportunity for inspiration and validation. Now is the time to be getting those entries pulled together.
The competition is open to students from public, private and home schools. Individual students can submit one entry. Schools can submit up to 25 entries. Group pieces may be submitted as “one piece,” but these works will only receive “Participation” ribbons. Entry is free, and all mediums and sizes of art are accepted.
Great prizes
The first place overall winner of the show will receive a full scholarship to St. Francis’ Summer Arts Camp — a $275 value. First, second and third place winners of each school will receive art supplies. All artists will receive a “Participant” ribbon.
Entry details
Students and schools should deliver art works to the St. Francis High School Art Theatre Complex Foyer on Thursday, Jan. 30, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Artwork will not be accepted at any other time or date. The campus is located at 5900 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento, just off 65th Street and Highway 50.
Visit the school’s website at for matting and label requirements. Click on Student Life/Arts/Young at ART.
For more information call (916) 737-5002.
The art show will be held in the St. Francis High School Arts Complex on Feb. 11 at 5 p.m., with awards at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. All artists and their families are welcome.
Pope John Paul II, himself an artist before he entered religious life, said, “Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: In a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.”
Encourage the young people in your life to pursue their creativity. Who knows? This may be your calling to become a mentoring “artist” yourself.
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Susan Laird

Discussion | 1 comment

  • Art shedFebruary 18, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Your post is great and inspiring. This is great opportunity for artist to show their art. I love to attend this competition. Thank you so much for sharing with us.



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