Youth Spirit Artists’ Exhibition

Skittles Tolbert, Marsean Dunhan (Photo by Tony Wilkinson)

By Tony Wilkinson Paintings by eight teenaged artists from Youth Spirit Artworks are currently on display at the Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective Gallery in Oakland as part of an exhibition of young talents that continues through May 26. The theme of the showing is “Hella Positive.” The Rock Paper Scissors Collective, located at 2278 Telegraph in Oakland, is a volunteer–run organization that fosters creativity and collaboration in order to strengthen local communities and encourage alternative models. The gallery works to bridge the gap between the arts community and the larger non arts community in Oakland in order to make the arts more accessible to all people and promote creative resourcefulness in under served communities.” This exhibition of young artists from Youth Spirit Artworks is a major break through, according to Victor Mavedzenge, the organization’s senior artist. “To be competitively selected for this exhibition represents an important milestone for these young artists,” he said. “As well as being a valuable entry in their curriculum vitae – their body of work – it is an important step in their interaction with the community of artists and the overall community.” Each of the artists came up with ideas based on the theme. Sketches were developed and discussed. Then the work was examined – the color, lines, shapes and development of the composition. Finally, each work was critiqued how close was the final work to the original idea? The exhibition opened on May 4 and continues through May 26. The Youth Spirit Artworks, located at 1769 Alcatraz Ave. near Adeline in Berkeley, is an art jobs training program that is committed to empowering and bettering the lives of homeless and low-income Bay Area young people, ages 16-25.
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