Rochester Artists Support Boys & Girls Club with Two March Events
A student exhibit and fundraiser are taking place at the Hungerford
Rochester Art Club and the Main Street Artists Gallery & Studio are joining forces in March to benefit art programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester(BGCR).
RAC will host a month-long exhibit of 30 pieces by 10 members of BGCR. In conjunction with this show, members of Main Street Artists will be donating proceeds from sales of selected original artwork, prints and cards to BGCR. Both events will kick off at March First Friday, 6-9 p.m. March 4, in the RAC and MSA studios on the fourth floor of the Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St.
The studios also will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, and at other times throughout March by appointment (call 585-233-5645).
“For those of us fortunate enough to call ourselves ‘artists,’ the importance of giving back seems quite obvious to me” says Suzi Zefting-Kuhn, founder of the Main Street Artists Gallery & Studio and president of the Rochester Art Club. “After the tragic shooting outside the Boys & Girls Club on Genesee Street last August, one of our MSA members urged us to find a way to help. We met with Sarah Hwang, director of the art program at BGCR.”
“In December, Main Street Artists members donated more than $200 to purchase art supplies for their newly expanded art area, the start of what we intend to be an ongoing connection with the Club,” says Zefting-Kuhn. “In addition, we came up with the idea of an exhibit for some of BGCR’s most advanced artists. Rochester Art Club leaders were quick to embrace that project.
“We feel strongly that art is a healthy outlet for everyone, and especially for youngsters who are subjected to poverty and violence. We hope to help provide a positive experience and recognition of their talent and dedication.”
The exhibit at the RAC studio will qualify the participants to enter the National Fine Arts Exhibit of Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Rochester Picture Framing, 2094 E. Main St. – a Rochester business celebrating its 50th year anniversary – is donating all framing for the young artists’ work.
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester is to inspire and enable young people of all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The organization provides youth development programs that enable young people to acquire the skills and qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. The Club operates afterschool programming designed to produce positive youth outcomes in five areas: 1) Leadership & Character Development 2) Education & Career Development 3) Health & Life Skills 4) The Arts and 5)Sports, Fitness & Recreation.
Empowered with these positive developmental experiences and opportunities, Boys & Girls Clubs members have continually demonstrated their ability to overcome negative, failure-oriented environments and move toward fulfilling their dreams.
Since its inception, the Boys & Girls Club Movement has provided mentoring and leadership specifically designed to change the lives of youth who face daily challenges such as poverty, broken homes, crime, unemployment, prejudice and difficulties in school.
Rochester Art Club, founded in 1877, is the second oldest active art club in the country. The Main Street Artists Gallery & Studio includes 18 Rochester area painters working in a variety of media. For more information, visit www.mainstreetartistsgallery.com.