Celebrate aspiring artists in east Austin with food, drink, art, ukuleles, and bunches of fun! Tonight is the opening reception for the CHULA League’s 8th annual Little Artist BIG ARTIST exhibition.
Every spring, 5th and 6th grade “Little Artists” learn how art — such as pottery, painting, and photography — moves from a budding idea to the marketplace. “BIG ARTISTS” provide their time and professional experience as working artists to guide their Little Artists to envision, plan, and create at least two pieces of artwork during the semester. Both pieces are featured in the spring exhibit, along with a journal of their creative experiences together and a piece by their BIG ARTIST.
“LaBA is about artist mentors connecting with 5th and 6th graders through art. We provide the program at no cost to the families or schools involved, working directly in the their communities,” says LaBA Program Coordinator Jennifer Ramos. “With the support of Cherrywood Art Fair, Amplify Austin, and wonderful artists and teachers who participate, we hope to continue to grow the program because art should be accessible to everyone.”
Artwork will be professionally displayed Mondays–Fridays, April 23–May 7, 9am–4pm with performances by student ukulele and recorder music ensembles from the participating schools at the 4/23 opening. This year’s participating elementary schools and art teachers are: Elisabeth Healey (Blackshear), Emily Leaman (Maplewood), and Leslie Vieau (Oak Springs).
The exhibit takes place at ReNEW East (2830 Real Street), home to Imagine Art, a non-profit arts incubator serving artists with disabilities on the East side of town. Recently, the organization has expanded its reach to serve the greater arts community in Austin by offering low-budget gallery space as well as studio space for artists in residency. Check out reneweast.com and imagineart.net to find out more about these fantastic resources.
Learn more about the LaBA program, and how you can get involved, by visiting their Facebook page!