Thursday Aug 21, 2014
Albuquerque, NM 87107
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Portraits of North Valley seniors.
New, original artwork of local senior citizens will be unveiled at the North Valley Senior Center as part of the Bernalillo County art collection. Dedication & opening reception on Thursday, August 21st at 4pm, with special guest Bernalillo County district 1 Commissioner, Debbie O’Malley.
Eight student artists worked with Working Classroom guest artist, Rebecca Massey, to create a suite of 14 original photographic portraits of seniors from the North Valley Senior Center. The project was funded by Bernalillo County, district 1, Commissioner Debbie O’Malley. Student artists are intermediate art students between the ages of 12 and 18 who attend Albuquerque public & charter schools & are enrolled in Working Classroom’s after-school visual art program. The workshop met twice a week from 4pm-7pm & on Sundays from 11am-2pm over six-weeks in March. Part of the suite will also be on view at the Bernalillo County offices at 415 Tijeras NW on September 5th from 4 – 6:30pm as part of the BerCo Public Arts Crawl.
Student artist, Estefania Valencia, 12-years old stated, “Elders are important and have experiences that we don’t have. Some people don’t know this but they are really intelligent. In my picture I picked Lois Thompson as the model. Lois has been a member of the senior center for about 20 years.”
About Working Classroom:
Working Classroom is a multi-ethnic, inter-generational community of student & professional artists, writers, actors and directors with a conscious commitment to supporting new and diverse voices and visions in the arts. We provide free and low-cost, high-quality artistic training, academic coaching and professional development opportunities to ambitious but underserved Albuquerque youth.
About guest artist, Rebecca Massey:
Rebecca Massey is a commercial and fine art photographer and pro retoucher. Born and raised in Mexico, Massey, holds a BS in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin. She has developed a particular style in which she blends elements of her film background into her images, which makes them cinematic and intriguing. Click here to learn more.