Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Department Celebrates Young Artists

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will celebrate Youth Art Month in March with an exhibit at its Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center featuring the artwork of nine Richmond children.      
      The exhibit, titled “Little Mermaids,” opens on March 15 with a public reception for the artists from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will be on display through April 19. The exhibit is a collaboration of the department and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. The artwork features paintings of life-sized mermaids created by the young artists while enrolled in the Visual Arts Center’s Art After School program. 
      “We are very pleased to collaborate with the Visual Arts Center to showcase the creativity of our city’s youth and give the public a chance to see these delightful pieces,” stated Norman C. Merrifield, director of the City's Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “I think this exhibit illustrates the wealth of creativity in Richmond and the possibilities it holds for the future,” he said.
     Pine Camp is located at 4901 Old Brook Road. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 p.m.
      The department offers a variety of art as well as dance classes for both youth and adults at its Pine Camp Arts and Community Center. A complete list of classes is available on the department’s website at http://www.richmondgov.com/Parks/documents/ProgramGuide.pdf, or for more information the public can call (804) 646-3674. 
     The Visual Arts Center of Richmond provides multiple levels of engagement to encourage and support creative thinking and bring the joy of making art to the Richmond community.