Team Venice Paparazzi’s Alex and Edizen were selected to be judges at the 2017 Venice Boys and Girls Club’s Fine Arts Competition on Jan. 20, 2017. And, it was no easy job! The categories, 7 and under, 8-11, 12-15, and 16-18 were talent packed. We were tasked with picking the top three for each age group, and it was a long, deliberating ordeal. The skill, vision, and creativity of these young artists was astounding. Below are some of these magnificent works of art.
About BGCV: The Boys & Girls Club of Venice is one of over 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. Upholding national guidelines for program content, delivery and quality, a growing number of Boys & Girls Clubs now provide programs over three million youth across our country and in military bases overseas. View additional BGCV info and video below.
Top Photo: Boys & Girls Club of Venice’s CEO Karen Papazian. Photo taken at the 11th Annual BGCV Gala. If you missed this event, view it here.
About the National Fine Arts Competition: 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 can guide youth through the various art projects with step by- step instructions and instructional videos. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed throughout the ensuing year at BGCA events, including the annual National Conference.
Fine Arts pieces created in the club are submitted by club members of all ages in all mediums. The winners from our local competition are submitted for the regional level and then to the national level for competition. Out of the 4000+ Clubs and hundreds of thousands of submissions, the Venice Club has had 18 National winners!
In featured photo above: BGCV Art Director Eduardo “Lalo” Marquez
Eduardo “Lalo” Marquez, Art Director, is the primary mentor to many of our at risk young people. He is passionate about teaching how to use art as a means of expression as well as fostering the talent of those who have the ability to make visual arts a career.
The artwork, along with other winners will be viewed by hundreds of conference delegates throughout the year. In addition, the image will be placed on www.bgca.org in our virtual gallery for future viewing.
Random Girl by 16 year old Juliana Zamora
Right: “Best Lalo Ever” by 10 year old Angel Williams
“Stop” by 9 year old London Harden
“American Horror Story” by 11 year old Sophie B.
“The Rooster” by 7 year old Natalie Boosby
“Fire Flies” by 13 year old Jazmin Fuentes
“Are Those Mine” by 11 year old Haley Mann
Get involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Venice! View info below, or stop by their next event on March 7th for their Youth of the Year Awards Celebration at Google. Details here!
BGCV’s Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
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