Teen Arts Club and Teen Art Studio Show
The Taos Arts Council is pleased to present an exhibition by youth artists participating in the Taos High School, UNM-Taos Dual Credit Program, Taos Arts Club and Teen Art Studio.
The exhibition is on view at Taos Town Hall from November 17, 2017 through February 9, 2018, Monday – Friday, 8:00am -5:00pm. Featured in the art show are drawings by 23 youth artists from instructor Michael Hensley's classes at Taos High School. Youth art participants are: Alyda Bender, Leela Blakeley, Zoey Carey, Devin Cote, Athena Dunleavy, Amythist Fernandez, Zachary Ginn, Esperanza Gonzales, Mary Herrera, Jacqueline Jagers, Mary Jensen, Roah Khweis, Zahieh Khweis, Madeline Larsen, Skylar Magee, Liam Murphy, Sophia Nicholson, Isabella Padilla, Feliz Peralta Pino, Hannah Rivera, Cailey Stewart, Rhiannon Vigil and Eva Younkman.
A significant component of the exhibition consists of drawings from the imagination. “The ability to express one's ideas through drawing is the foundation of all great representational works of art”, states founder, artistic director and instructor Michael Hensley. In particular student work consists of a series of drawings inspired by the Inferno from Dante's Divine Comedy. Each of the young artists spent the past year immersed in the intellectual and philosophical musings of this narrative poem. They spent endless hours exploring and mastering the elements of drawing. An equal amount of time was devoted to investigation and inquiry into this classic literary work and how it may be tastefully expressed in our current visual arts culture. “Emerging from the creative recesses of their imagination, this exhibition is a culmination of their triumphs in translating the written word into a visual language”, says instructor Michael Hensley. Additional drawings in the exhibition are from the Artistic Human and Comparative Animal Anatomy program.
It is the purpose of The Taos Arts Club, Teen Art Studio to use art as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of today's youth. The program combines both art instruction and life skills education resulting in a greater awareness of intellectual being though self-expression and creative reasoning by these youth. “Many of the area youth come from disadvantaged situations due to a complex variety of social and economic factors”, says founder Michael Hensley. “The Taos Arts Council works to promote and share the importance of the arts in our community and we are delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of these youth artists and the stellar art instruction program at Taos High School developed by Michael Hensley” says Paul Figueroa, President of the Taos Arts Council. “It is appropriate to showcase these highly skilled youth artists and their outstanding work in a public space, visited by many Taos residents.”
The Taos Arts Council formed in 2012 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to ensure that Taos has a vibrant, vital and active arts environment. For more information, visit www.taosartscouncil.org. The programs of the Council are supported in part with a grant from NMArts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Pictured, a drawing by Madeleine Larson