Sums, Sustenance and the Five Senses
Made possible in part by theÂ Sam Mazza Foundation, theÂ Walter and Elise Haas FundÂ theÂ California Arts CouncilÂ and theÂ Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund.
ArtSeedâ€™s Thoreau CenterÂ Exhibition Closing Reception on Saturday, July 27, 2013 celebrated an entire yearâ€™s programming at Leola M. Havard Early Education School, Sherman Elementary, and SF Public Montessori School. It also included moving picture LEDs and other pieces by distinguished San Francisco artists who contributed to an expanded Summer Intensive (thanks to the Lucious and Eva Eastman Fund). We showcased crowning works by Mentoring Artists Caroline Liddell (and apprentice Jazmin L.), Joseph Aponte (and apprentice Angel C.). Kathryn Kain, Todd Standish, Steven Froman, Maximilien Volckaert, Dorothy Yuki, Jim Campbell and other teaching and presenting artists made a huge impact on this yearâ€™s programming. Activities ranged from pie-making, quilt-making and printmaking to aluminum foil sculpting, artistic anatomy drawing, and oil portrait painting of Marie Kurihara, during her presentation about being a Japanese internment camp survivor. This yearâ€™s two-week Summer Intensive involved eighteen youngsters, seventeen artists, twelve volunteers and nine guests or guides during field trips, studio practice sessions and presentations. â€œAll the artists were very passionate and the way they thought, painted and sculpted was unique.â€ â€œI learned a lot about working in groups, guiding activities, and had my general knowledge both reinforced and called into question.â€ â€œIâ€™m glad the focus was â€˜How can this be better?â€™ since too many art classes teach â€˜craftsâ€™ with a prescribed outcome.â€ â€œThe artists seemed very wise and experienced in their different specialties.â€ â€œI became a more rounded artist.â€ At her exhibition opening reception an eleven-year-old apprentice exclaimed: â€œI feel like a celebrity! Is this a dream?â€