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Art Opening

Art Opening

“Marking Their Mark”, an exhibition based on the tradition of urban graffiti opened at the gallery of the Venture Center with a lively crowd on hand to share in the festivities. Among the assembled were many of the 24 artists whose work was the subject of the exhibition.

The installation comprised of 2’x2’ panels arranged 3 high and 8 across combined to form a large mural painted as a brick wall (6’x18’). Each of those panel were then developed by the artists as their unique “tag” which is the kind of identity mark characteristic of this genre.

A brief program began with a few words from Camp Venture President, John Murphy. Krista Bilodeau, Camp Venture’s Creative Arts Program Director introduced the artists and offered a brief video presentation chronicling the work-process for each of the artists. Artist/ Teacher, Owen Gould, who joined Camp Venture this summer to steward the project, explained that the intent was to offer an opportunity for each of the artists to explore their own artistic identity.

Artist Catherine P, was among three artists who offered comment on the work. “My piece is not so much about who I am but about my hopes and dreams,” Catherine said.

Jeff Spindel and Steven Sicher, Camp Venture’s Art Teachers were also acknowledged for their role in developing the installation with Owen Gould and working with the artists.

“We expect people to color in the lines,” said Camp Venture Agency Directory, Dan Lukens. “Owen, Jeff, Krista and Steven really helped these artist to reach beyond that and to unlock something unique and beautiful.”

An extraordinary musical performance by violinist Annamae Goldstein and friend both of Metropolitan Opera fame, set the tone for an evening that was as fun as it was inspirational.

Many thanks to the Venture Foundation for their generous support of this project.

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