B&G Clubs host fine art exhibit at Southlake Mall

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on November 13, 2019 with No Comments

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana is committed to helping youth develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. To encourage such exploration, and to showcase year-round arts programming, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana holds a local Fine Arts Exhibit each October, in partnership with Southlake Mall, providing a professional venue for the public to view Club members’ artwork.

During the exhibit, each organization recruits local artists to judge and name first, second, and third place winners in the following art categories: monochromatic and multicolored drawings; pastel; watercolor; oil or acrylic; printmaking; mixed media; collage; and group project.

The exhibit is made possible through received from Indiana Arts Commission; South Shore Arts; and the National Endowment of the Arts.

The Fine Arts Exhibit took place the weekend of October 18-20 at the mall. To kick-off this cultural venue, parents/guardians; guests; and young artists were invited to an artists’ reception. “Our club members who have artwork in the reception are very excited to see their pieces in such a public venue. We have so many onlookers who take time from their shopping experience to look at and admire the creativity of our club members,” said Kristina Balog, regional club director and fine arts expert for the Boys & Girls Clubs organization.

All first place pieces selected in the exhibit now move to a 13-state regional competition.

“Moving to regional competition always is very exciting for our organization,” Balog noted. “Our club artists always do very well at this level of competition and we have had many artists over the last few years move on to the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America exhibit. There are only (33) pieces selected nationwide that are placed in this exhibit.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s parents and club members attended the artists’ reception for the opening of the weekend-long exhibit held in October and hosted by Southlake Mall.

Pictures represent young artists and their families at the Exhibit.



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