Presented by Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, the 2017 Santa Barbara County Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition is on view in Santa Maria through January 19 in the Betteravia Galleries North and South in the Joseph Centeno Government Administration Building, 511 Lakeside Parkway. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The exhibition features the work of 61 young artists from across the county representing 23 schools. Students were partnered with local professional artists as part of the Santa Barbara County Arts Fund’s Teen Arts Mentorship Program to produce a variety of work.
Teen Arts Mentorship courses represented in the exhibition include Alternative Process Photography with Joyce Wilson, Mixed Media/Collage Abstract Painting with Susan Connors, Watercolor Painting with Ruth Ellen Hoag, Abstract Painting Using Words with Julie B. Montgomery, Relief Printmaking with Angelina LaPointe, Japanese Woodblock Printing with Sara Woodburn, Character Illustration with Laura-Susan Thomas and Studio Photography with Michael Messina.
Arts Fund Executive Director Vittoria Cutbirth notes, “We are excited to collaborate with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture to exhibit the incredible work the teens in our County created through our mentorship program.”
The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is a division of the County’s Community Services Department, serving as the local governmental umbrella for arts and culture projects and programs within Santa Barbara County. The Office represents a longstanding partnership between the Santa Barbara County and city governments. For over 30 years, both governments have shared resources and staff to maximize support for Santa Barbara arts and culture institutions, programs, initiatives and projects.