Art Partners and Partners of Delta, Montrose, Ouray welcomed gallery goers to the annual Art Partners Art Expo at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge on Saturday, May 5. The reception to open the annual show was well attended.
Guests were treated to refreshments and an opportunity to visit with the artists who participate in the Art Partners program.
The Art Partners program, which matches youth 12-17 with artist/artisan mentors, is in its 13th year. These young art interns study with a mentor for a minimum of three months and may be able to work with as many as four mentors during their year commitment. The artist/mentors commit to a three-month stint in this unique program, the only one of its kind in Colorado. Partnerships in the Art Partners program work together to develop skills in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, sewing, quilting and woodworking. All art forms were well represented in this year's exhibition.
Connie Williams, owner of the AppleShed Gallery, deferred gallery fees for Art Partners. The artist mentors and their interns will earn 100 percent of the purchase price for their work. Each art partnership donates one item representative of their work together to a silent auction. Sales of silent auction art pieces help to support the Art Partners program. The proceeds are used to cover the cost of art materials and matting and framing.
Partners of Delta, Montrose, Ouray celebrates its 25th year as an affiliate of the Partners Mentoring Association, which has been providing partners for Colorado youth since 1967. Adult volunteers (Senior Partners) spend three hours per week with their Junior Partners doing a variety of activities. Senior Partners support their young friends as friends, role models and advocates. They help children recognize their options in life and guide them in making good choices. If you are interested in being a partner or learning more about mentoring programs, call the Delta office at 874-4661 or in Montrose, 249-1116.blog comments powered by Disqus