Sonoma Valley Teen Services explores Impressionism

If their smiling faces were any indication, Sonoma Valley teens were more than impressed by their field trip to San Francisco to view the De Young Museum’s Impressionist exhibit, on loan from the D’ Orsay Museum in Paris. The Art Wednesday Program, under the direction of Annie Flandes, took the group of teen artists from the No Name Café at Sonoma Valley High School to the museum in July. For many, it was their first trip to an art museum.

After listening to a recorded self-guided tour and viewing the artwork, the teens met and discussed their favorite paintings.

For three years the No-Name Café has offered an after school art program open to all SVHS students. The program continued through the summer and was open to students of any age. Two yearly arts exhibits are held to give the students an opportunity to show and sell their work. The sales fund the art program and paid for the field trip to the DeYoung Museum. In previous years, proceeds were used to purchase a copper enamel kiln.

At the No Name Café, Falandes is available to help the students every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 5. There are many kinds of art available, ranging from paper making, copper enameling, acrylic, water, oil and air brush painting, clay, macramé, silkscreen, tie dye and collage. Although sales proceeds keep the program operating, 90% of art supplies are donated by local businesses and artists including Shirley Roberts and John Briana of the Frame Factory, among others.

The art program is one of the programs offered by Sonoma Valley Teen Services.

Valley of the Moon Teen Center officially merged in June with Operation Youth, forming one 501c.3 nonprofit organization, called Sonoma Valley Teen Services. The mission of Sonoma Valley Teen Services is to empower teens to make positive choices for their health, safety, education and future. For more information please contact Cristin Lawrence at 812.3960 or Rebecca Hermosillo at 939.1452.

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