Craft Alliance in the Delmar Loop: thrusday, 23 May 2013
May 23 – June 16, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 23
Craft Alliance (CA) is pleased to announce the opening of the Crafting-A-Future Student Exhibition. The opening reception is on Thursday, April 23, from 5 – 7pm in CA’s Charak Gallery in the Delmar Loop.
Crafting-A-Future (CAF) is a multi-year mentoring program that provides talented, underserved high school students throughout the St. Louis metro area with in-depth arts education. In order to develop a body of work, students work closely with local artists in CA’s jewelry/metalsmithing, fiber, clay, woodturning, and graphics studios. CAF nurtures students in their pursuit of an art education beyond what is offered in high school programs. In addition to their studio time, students are exposed to the work of internationally and nationally known artists through exhibitions and lectures. CAF challenges the students throughout their studies, encouraging them to develop their technique and concepts. With the continued support of CAF mentors, students build a portfolio in preparation for post-secondary education. Wolfgang Ibur, a graduating CAF student with a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute, explains that CAF has “changed my views on how I make art. I am able to think about my own work on a deeper level, and in a new light.” The program culminates with an exhibition of their work in CA’s regional gallery in the Delmar Loop.
This year, 30 students in grades 9 through 12 have participated in weekly Saturday CAF classes. More than a mere study in materials and technique, CAF helps shape the lives of our students. Many of the CAF graduates continue on to pursue successful careers in art. Robert Longyear, Community Outreach Manager at CA, continues to have high expectations for this year’s graduating students, and is excited to see what they accomplish as they move forward.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 5pm / Friday – Saturday 10am – 6pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm