Opening Thursday, April 25, 6-8 pm
Through May 11.
Gallery Hours Wed & Sat, 12-5 pm.
Every spring “Little Artists” learn how art — such as sculpture, painting, or photography — moves from a budding idea to the marketplace. “BIG ARTISTS” provide their time and professional experience as working artists to guide their Little Artists to envision, plan and create at least two pieces of artwork during the semester. Both pieces are featured in the spring show, along with a journal of the experience and a piece by their BIG ARTIST; one piece is sold via auction at the annual Cherrywood Art Fair in December. Proceeds from the auction benefit the art programs in the schools of students participating in the program.
Local fifth graders from select East Austin schools and their professional artist mentors will showcase their artwork during this exhibit. Little Artist BIG ARTIST program leaders invite the public and media to attend the reception, which includes food, drinks and a performance by the Maplewood Elementary Ukulele and Drum Choirs. Many Pump Project artists will open their studios for the reception. English-Spanish translators will be available.
Both LaBA and the Art Fair are programs of the Chula League, a non-profit organization dedicated to the valuable role of arts in East Austin neighborhoods.
“Little Artist BIG ARTIST is a crucial opportunity for students to learn art can be a career,” says Chula Chairman Sherri Whitmarsh. “Professional artists have fun while they mentor young artists in the commercial art process from ideas through execution to presentation to the market.”
This year’s participating elementary schools are Blackshear, Maplewood and Zavala. More than 20 Little Artists and 20 BIG ARTISTS participated this year.
About Chula League
Founded in 2005, Chula League is an East Austin 501(c)3 non-profit, organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and aesthetic purposes. Chula League works to ensure that the arts and public outdoor spaces play a valued role in the educational, economic and cultural well being of neighborhoods in East Austin.
The Little Artist/Big Artist 2013 spring show will run from April 25th through through May 11th and feature the work of students from Zavala, Blackshear and Maplewood Elementary Schools.