Arté En Todas Partes isn't just the name of Working Classroom's newest show, it's the organization's credo. It means Art Everywhere, and that's Working Classroom's goal.
Visual Arts Program Director Francisco Guevara describes the organization's mission as being "about creating a space for students to be successful and give them a voice in the arts." This show in particular, which opens Friday, July 31, and runs through Sept. 18, is designed to "celebrate Working Classroom, our students and the artists who mentor and support them."
Mentorship is an integral part of what Working Classroom has done for 20 years. Workshops and classes for young people are taught by professional artists, giving participants ages 12 and up the opportunity to learn a range of techniques and styles. "We are interested and devoted to making contemporary art accessible," Guevara says, "and through contemporary art promote development—community development, economic development."
The work of three students in particular will be highlighted. Jerry Rivera, Patricia Neddeau and Juan Valle studied for six weeks with artist mentors. Rivera, 17, was paired with retablo painter Arturo Olivas and developed two pieces out of the themes Olivas works with.
UNM student Neddeau, who studies biology, worked with ceramist Fred Wilson. Though Neddeau's technique draws much from Wilson's, as Guevara points out, the content is very different, with Neddeau's trending toward a cellular preoccupation with organisms and bacteria.
Photographer Roberto Rosales worked with Valle, 17. "I think it was exciting for Juan," Guevara says, "because Roberto is on assignment and he goes with him and takes pictures. It's really good for them."
Arté En Todas Partes
119 Gold SW, Suite 119
Opening reception Friday, July 31, 6 to 8 p.m.