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Angels & Sacred Places

Time: December 17, 2009 at 5pm to January 7, 2010 at 5pm
Location: Museum of the Hallay @ Edison Bethune Charter Academy
Street: 1616 South Fruit
City/Town: Fresno Ca
Phone: 559 281-7881
Event Type: arthop, visual arts, kids and family, free
Organized By: Cheryl Schellenberg
Latest Activity: Jan 4, 2010

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This exhibit of multicultural angels was made in remembrance of Edison Bethune’s first grader Natalie Rivera who lost her earthly battle with Leukemia in November. Creating the angels was an opportunity for students to reflect on their lives, and the need to fill it with kindness, compassion and peace. Local artist, Donna Locatti, who has installations at the Fresno Art Museum, Saint Paul Newman Center and College Community Congregational Church all located here in Fresno California, exhibited her life size multi cultural paper sculptures of angels along with the student’s art. About fifteen years ago she decided to recycle unfinished paintings by soaking them and forming heads. She left the large papers with small heads in the sun to dry. The paper lifted suggesting angels. She took up the suggestion using scissors and acrylic paint and a little glue for surface decorations. Donna shared that watercolor, etching/monoprint, costume design, literature, and people watching /sketching along with a sense of spiritual purpose were the underpinnings of this art form. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade were able to use Locati’s ideas in constructing, and painting their angels. Many of the angels’ wings were made by the students’ handprints. It was a visual metaphor, by doing acts of kindness as earthly angels we leave our fingerprints on this world. “Sacred Places,” landscapes of Yosemite by professional artists and students will also be showing. Live entertainment will make the event heavenly. Family art activities and story time will be offered. Cheryl along with her artists look forward to meeting you.

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