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Current Exhibit

Interpretations

September 13 – October 29

K-12 Exhibit Hall

Featuring Denney Juvenile Justice Center & Cocoon House Students

Opening Reception: October 5, 5-8pm

There is a concerted community effort to create continuity and consistency in the lives of youth served by the Schack Art Center sponsored art program at Denney Juvenile Justice Center and at Cocoon House UTurn drop-in center. Promising Artists in Recovery (PAIR) sponsored by Howarth Trust further strengthens this strategy.

Instructors bring along art materials and content from one project to the next project or audience hoping to widen the comfort zone for students encountered in more than one location.

This exhibit includes original collage illustrations created by these youth for the seventh children's bi-lingual book, POSSIBLE BACKYARD FRIENDS. Five thousand copies of the book will be distributed to Snohomish County Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP), local preschools, kindergartens, Everett Clinic waiting rooms and many other locations where the young artists proudly report they have seen them.

The papers students painted for the book illustrations were used again to make individual alphabet letters in a project that honors recently deceased artist and art educator, Susan Jane Russell. Susan was an encourager from the beginning of the program more than 25 years ago and was a guest artist for PAIR workshops. She was always ready to share new ideas and lend support. Youth were inspired and learned much from her ABCDelirious book; consequently, a bit of sumi ink painting also made it into the Russell inspired alphabet.

Sumi ink painting with unconventional tools was a new experience at the Program Alternative to Secured Sentencing (PASS) at Denney and proved to be so engaging that instructors also brought it to UTurn and Youth Enrichment Services (YES) at Denney, an evening diversion program led by Kevin Crittenden.

Additional experiences provided through the Schack Art Center included the new mural at CafeWorks/HopeWorks on Broadway and other on-going curricula not seen here. Pat Nostrand and Mary Peterson work with the program director and lead instructor, Henri Wilson, to provide this quality programming weekly.

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