About the Exhibition
If you have the chance to view the work featured in this year’s Art Reach exhibition or read the statements created by the young artists who have worked in the two semester program, a few things become apparent: there’s no shortage of talent, thoughtful intelligence, or gratitude among the young people of our communities. Art Reach invests in and nurtures the skills and gifts of teens on Cape Cod, celebrates their achievements, and in doing so creates a foundation for participants to reach their full potential.
Children and teens who join PAAM’s youth programs grow up with us—from Art on the Edge for elementary and middle schoolers, to Art Reach, for students 13-years old and up, to PAAM’s youth employment programs, including Reaching Forward Mentors. Two years is the average minimum students participate, which represents a yearly commitment of over 150 hours per student, a commitment equal to three college courses. Two-thirds of this year’s class have been a part of PAAM’s youth programs for three or more years, with a few as long as seven years. All told, the combined experience of Art Reach 2019 represents 50+ years of creative expression, exploration, and service, as young people progress from burgeoning creatives to accomplished young adults.
It’s a program tradition for Art Reach participants to collectively determine the title for their exhibition, and this year TO BLOOM, was the apt choice. Here’s what Hannah Richardson (AR 2015-19) has to say:
PAAM has offered me an amazing opportunity these past years to grow as an artist, from my simple pencil drawings, to art forms I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. Through this program I was also given an amazing chance to teach a watercolor class through Art Reach Teaches. I am forever grateful for the time I have spent here; I will miss the friends and family I have become close to, and the development of not only my artwork, but myself.
Students worked with Lead Teachers Karen Knighton, Vicky Tomayko, Skip Wrightson and Visiting Artists SV Randall and James Stanley. Projects ranged from the traditional—self-portraiture in oils, dry point and silk screen printmaking, sketching from life, and a variety of sculpting techniques—to digital animation and comic book forms, including the exploration of character and narrative development.
ART REACH STUDIO STUDENTS
Nathan Balk-King, Elise Burgess, Hannah Capra, Autumn Capurso, Britannia Croll, Baylie Hartford, Maeve Noone-Price, Landon Parr, Kestrel Powers, Erika “Casey” Philips, Hannah Richardson, Molly Shafnacker, Deora Starobin, Samuel Starobin, and Brielle Whalen.
ART REACH 101: ANIMATION + COMICS STUDENTS
Simon Blood, Mark Brown, William Giledhaus, Avery Jennings, Arielli Lemos, James Machnik, Caleb Miner, Sean Munn, Landon Parr, Kestrel Powers, Orion Vess, and Natalya Woodman. They hail from as far away as Marstons Mills, Yarmouth, Harwich and Brewster, through the towns of the Outer Cape and Provincetown.