Thursday, April 7, 2016

For Art's Sake 2016

BVP art teachers (left to right) Kayleigh Smith, 
Nicole Delanos, Michelle Turner, Whitney Bates, 
and Katelyn Guignard.
       This past weekend the BVP and friends gathered to celebrate our artistic community. For Art's Sake, our annual scholar art show and artisan fair, puts artwork on display for every scholar at BVP. Which means that this weekend we showcased over 1,400 pieces of artwork including photography, paintings, sculptures, and more. 

       The festivities began with our opening reception, held the evening before the scholar art show. This event collects proceeds to underwrite Saturday’s free scholar art show for families and the greater community through ticket sales, a silent auction, and in-kind donations. The evening was a great success thanks to the proceeds and items generously donated by area businesses, local artisans, and supporters.

A young visitor painting at a creation station.
       The next day, our scholar art show was bustling with scholars excited to share their artwork with family, shoppers visiting artisans selling handcrafted items, and guests participating in creation stations to make art throughout the day. Among the activities available were workshops presented by our guest artist, Joyce Kutty. Joyce taught participants how to make origami flowers that will be arranged into bouquets and donated to patients at Rhode Island Hospital.

Visitors enjoying our scholar art gallery.

       Overall, this year's art show was a success! Not only will proceeds support our ongoing art program, but this annual event helps us build community among our entire network and celebrate the hard work of our scholars and staff. Thank you to everyone who attended and showed support for this important facet of our programming and community.

To view more photos, click here for our gallery

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