Fine Arts

Sedro-Woolley Club Members take a bow after a performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club Members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.

Using the interactive National Fine Arts Program Guide, staff  guide youth through the various art projects with step by step instructions and instructional videos.

Special thanks to the Anacortes Arts Festival for sponsoring our Fine Arts program at the Anacortes Club.

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Anacortes Club Hosts Family Arts Night

The Anacortes Boys & Girls Club hosted its annual Family Arts Night this past January, celebrating the Club member’s love of art and their creativity in making projects. Families were treated to a fun evening full of art activities, an art gallery featuring Club member artwork, and the announcement of winners of the Anacortes Art Contest.

“This is always one of our favorite Family Nights,” said Club Director Taylor Bannister. “We cover the gym in artwork so the event feels like an actual art gallery. Our Club members are such amazing artists, so we love being able to display their artwork for their friends, family, and the community.”

“My art was in it,” said six-year old Taryn Maxwell. “My art was number 6! I had fun because I was with my momma.”

“I liked seeing everyone’s artwork and the food was yummy” said Austin Duchene.

Lined with artwork by its youth, the Club also took the opportunity to announce the winners of the annual Anacortes Art Contest. The contest is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Fine Arts Exhibit program in which Clubs throughout the country compete. The contest encourages youth to express themselves creatively while helping to develop their artistic talents. Rita James from the Anacortes Arts Festival was gracious enough to volunteer her time as a judge for the event, critiquing artwork based on their age, skill, and artistic sensibility expressed in the artwork.

Jordan Lundsten who won first place for her age group, said “It made me really happy. I’ve never won anything for my art before.”

Artwork from the contest winners is then submitted to the Boys & Girls Club regional competition in Santa Cruz, California, with the chance to move on from there to the National Competition.

“The whole contest was really fun because you could see a lot of different personalities in everyone’s art,” said Club member Gabby Olson.”I’m excited [for my artwork to be going to regionals] because I feel really proud of my art and it’s fun to show it off.”

The night finished with Club members and their families getting to make some artwork of their own. The Club helped to facilitate shaving cream painting and collage hands projects.

“These family nights are always so much fun because we get to share the fun with our families,” said Bannister. “They get the chance to make projects with their own kids. It’s great for us to show what the Club is about.”

The following are the list of winners from the Anacortes Art Contest:

6-9 Year Olds
1. Jordan Lundsten – “Figure with Sun & Waves”
2. Gabi Serrano – “The Color Explosion”
3. Jordan Fratianni – “Ummmm”

10-12 Year Olds
1. Soleil Rouleau – “Splat”
2. Ella Cervantes – “Dots”
3. Gabby Olson – “Sports

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Volunteer for Clubs Inspires Youth with the Art of Photography

Richard Raymond started volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County in early October this year. With the expansion of the Clubs into the Mount Baker & LaVenture middle schools, volunteer help is greatly appreciated and adds to the richness of the Club experience. Richard immediately began teaching photography at the Mount Baker Club. Fortunately, the Clubs had already purchased camera equipment through a grant from Best Buy. Because camera’s are Nikon DSLRs, it gives the members quite a range of control over their photos. Club members start out by learning the very basic workings of the cameras, then work on composition and choosing subject matter. 

Mentored by well-known photographer, Lee Mann, Richard loves to share about his own experience of practicing photography out in nature. He reminisced about a day on the middle fork, Nooksack river, where he spotted an eagle on a low crag. He was able to sneak up fairly close, but eventually the great bird took flight. “When an eagle takes off to fly they drop at first because they are so large. The force of the wind from it’s wings took my hat off.” That was a great shot, but, he pointed out that if his wife, who was watching from afar, would have had a camera, she would have had the better photo. He then bought his wife a camera and now they enjoy the sport together. 

Richard was recently awarded “Rookie Volunteer of the Year” at a Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County awards event. “I think he was so surprised by the award, but it is very well deserved,” says Tammy Findlay, the Club’s Director of Marketing & Stewardship. “I’m so impressed with how Richard leads youth. This program gives them a great sense of accomplishment. Club members are taking pride in their work, and striving to improve and learn. They are engaged and eager. Richard’s passion for photography is inspiring.”

Richard just finished up a class at the Mount Baker Club and is now teaching a new group at the LaVenture Club which will run for 8 weeks. Then he will be back at Mount Baker for an Advanced Photography session with 5 Club members from the original class. They will cover the inner workings of the camera more in-depth, and advanced settings, as well as new photography techniques.

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Calling all Volunteers

Back2SchoolVolunteer_webslideDo you have a passion for helping? Do you love to cook? Maybe you really love sharing your interest in photography. Or you would love to help design a youth community service project. If you have a passion for youth, a passion for serving your community, and interest in helping to teach others, we need you! With the return to school, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County are calling all volunteers to come & help make our Club programs great. Open after-school Monday-Friday, from 2:45pm- 6:00pm, our Clubs serve youth ages 6-18. All programs run for 30-60 min, and fall under Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship. We would love to include you! Contact Katelynn Sullivan at ksullivan@skagitclubs.org, or 360-419-3723 x8.

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Community members build art easels for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

IMG_5503Eugene & Doris Benson recently made a donation of 8 handmade art easels that will be distributed to Skagit County Clubs. Eugene, an avid wood worker and wood toy maker, along with his wife Doris  worked for several months to complete these beautiful handmade art easels. Each easel has a chalk board and white board side, along with hand sewn baskets in the bottom for art supplies. Eugene and Doris left no detail behind as they arrived to make their delivery complete with white board markers, chalk and erasers for each board! Their friends’ Dave Gibbons and Tim Klein also assisted with the project. 

The easels will be incorporated into the art programs at each of our Clubs. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County are grateful to have such wonderful community members who are willing to share their time and talents to provide supplies and resources for Club members! 

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ImageMakers Photography Program at the La Conner Club

 EmmaWorgum_Cross-2-B-FitLa Conner Boys & Girls Club recently announced the winners of its ImageMakers National Photography Contest, sponsored by Sony Electronics Inc. The winners are:

    •    Isabel Dowrey, Jump, Portrait, 6-9
    •    Jensen Brooks, Shades, Surroundings, 6-9
    •    Eliza Schnabel, Tribal Sunset, Culture & Tradition, 6-9
    •    Riley Brooks, Boundaries, Surroundings, 10-12
    •    Emma Worgum, Cross-2-B-Fit, Portrait, 10-12

With more than 38,000 kids participating annually and 50 kids locally, the ImageMakers Photography Program teaches Club Members age 6-18 the art and science of photography. As part of the program, the ImageMakers National Photography Contest, which has a rich, 50-plus-year history in Boys & Girls Clubs, invited young people to capture photographs in four different categories: culture and tradition, surroundings, portraits and photo with essay or poem.

As a local winner, these five members will advance to regional competitions in Monterey Park, California for a chance to advance to the national competition later this spring. National winners’ artwork will be featured by Boys & Girls Clubs of America throughout the year, and the winners will receive educational opportunities to celebrate their success.

“We are proud of our members whose artwork has been recognized with the local awards of the ImageMakers National Photography Contest and wish each of them luck as they advance to the regional competition,” said Kendrick Davis-Pittmon, La Conner Club Director “We are grateful to Sony Electronics for their support in providing our Club access to programs and tools in the area of photography to educate and engage all young people in the arts.”

The La Conner Boys & Girls Club also received a photography package, which included several Sony point-and-shoot cameras, Sony interchangeable lens cameras and Sony VAIO computers, as well as a stipend to help offset printing and other photography-related costs. This program, to be led by Program Lead Bailey Wyles will begin again on Thursdays & Fridays starting in April, and is free to any student in the community. All photographs from the Winter session of ImageMakers will be on display at the La Conner Club located at 305 North 6th Street, at Maple Hall on March 21st during the Kiwaffodil – presented by the La Conner Kiwanis.

All the winning photos can be viewed on our Facebook Page.

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Springtime Art Brightens Up the Club

Spring Pastels

The Fine Arts Exhibit Program encourages artistic expression among Club members

All this week in the Art Room, Club members have been dreaming of blue skies, warm weather, and the familiar sight of tulips. All of these things are telltale signs of spring in Skagit County.  So they put their dreams on paper using bright oil pastels. The finished products were absolutely amazing!

The Fine Arts Exhibit program in La Conner encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture while providing opportunities for members to create artwork for display in a local exhibit. Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Exhibit program runs every Tuesday & Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. For more information on upcoming art projects or any other Targeted Programs at the La Conner Club, please contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360)-466-3672 or email: kdavis@skagitclubs.org.

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Newspaper Fashion Show

newspaper 1On Monday, July 14th Club Members teamed up to create and design their very own clothing out of newspaper.  Members had fun coming up with their designs and accessories using nothing but newspaper, scissors, and tape.  This activity was part of the Anacortes Club’s Going Green Week, which focuses on recycling, nature, and making earth-friendly decisions.   newspaper 2

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Glass is in Session!

Glass Mosaics

Club members’ tiles wait to be completed before they are fired in the kiln.

On Thursday,  Club members began creating their own glass mosaics. By utilizing small 6″x6″ pieces of colored plate glass and their mosaic skills, they made individual glass tiles by gluing small pieces of glass to the glass plate.  The tiles will then be fused in the kiln to form the completed glass tile!

Some members chose to make nature scenes and included flower and suns on their tiles, while other members took a more abstract approach.

The Fine Arts Exhibit program in La Conner  encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture while providing opportunities for members to create artwork for display in a local exhibit. Fine Arts

Thank you to Spectrum Glass Company for the generous donation of glass fusing supplies.

The Art Room will be bustling with members participating in Glass Expressions every Friday through June.  For more information regarding this program, For more information on upcoming art projects or any other Targeted Programs at the La Conner Club, please contact Arts Coordinator Jeff Mariott or Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@skagitclubs.org.

 

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Expressions through Glass

Glass Resized

Club members start exploring glass as an art medium by making mosaics.

A unique program kicked off last week in the  Art Room called Glass Expressions. An  an introduction to mosaic and tile making. Club members used glass shards to design and produce beautiful mosaics on paper. Glass Expressions will be exploring the fascinating medium of art glass in fused, blown, and mosaic styles to create beautiful works of art in glass.

The response from club members was overwhelming, they loved it!

The Fine Arts Exhibit program in La Conner  encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture while providing opportunities for members to create artwork for display in a local exhibit. Fine Arts

Thank you to Spectrum Glass Company for the generous donation of glass fusing supplies.

The Art Room will be bustling with members participating in Glass Expressions every Friday through June.  For more information regarding this program, For more information on upcoming art projects or any other Targeted Programs at the La Conner Club, please contact Arts Coordinator Jeff Mariott or Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@skagitclubs.org.
 
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Fun with Blowing Eggs

Blowing Eggs

Club members practice the art of egg blowing and decorating in La Conner

Last week, the La Conner kids had a great time in the Art Room participating in activities such as movie making, clay sculpting and yarn art.  The highlight of the week though, was egg blowing!

First, Club members got a lesson on the ancient skill of egg blowing, which has been practiced for thousands of years around the world.  Each member was then provided with an egg of their very own to  take a crack at blowing the contents out themselves.   The eggs were pierced on either end, and the children blew the egg yolk and whites into a pan, while taking careful attention not to crush the eggs in the process.  The result was a perfectly hollow shell!  

Once blown out, the hollow egg shells were ready to decorate.   Members used paint to express themselves and create colorful keepsakes out of the shells.

The La Conner Art Room is open every day from 2:30-5:00 p.m. For more information on upcoming art projects or any other Targeted Programs at the La Conner Club, please contact Arts Coordinator Jeff Mariott or Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672.

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