Photos by David Gordon
An estimated 50 to 60 young artists displayed their work at the Boys and Girls Club, a show that included works in the style of major artists, self portraits and whimsical themes.
AnnChris Warren, the program director at the Saugerties Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, said art is incorporated into many club programs. For instance, a display of pictures with Spanish themes was an activity of the center’s bilingual Spanish program.
Tour guide Ashley Doyle, 9, described the details of the exhibit, which included some sculptures as well as art works in a variety of themes and in the style of several well-known artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Piet Mondrian. Young people also used specific techniques, such as masking parts of the paper with tape to separate the page into sections. Snowflakes cut from colored paper hung from the ceiling.
Body art was also a popular theme, Doyle said. “You lie down on a big sheet of paper and someone traces around you. Then you finish it with the stickers.”
Director Roland Carito said the center runs a wide variety of programs, including homework with volunteer helpers, sports, cooking, leadership, community service and self awareness. The annual membership fee is $10.
Captions: (Clockwise from left) Valencia Torres, 7, poses with a full-size tracing of herself, decorated with sequins; Emily Mazariego points out her painting in the Spanish Club’s section; Ahmya Valdez, 8, points out her rabbit, drawn over the repeated words; Nathin Winnie, 8, reaches up to his work in colored lines over a subject; Ashley Doyle, 9, shows paintings made by using tape to separate color blocks