The Help Group Art Show at James Gray Gallery Santa Monica, CA - March 26, 2011

Bear Givers was pleased to have sponsored the second annual student art exhibition for the talented students of The Help Group.  From March 23-27, 2011 the James Gray Gallery of Santa Monica, CA featured "Through Our Eyes: A Celebration of Young Artists" in the main gallery.  A special artist reception was held on March 26 where many guests including the artists' friends and families were invited to enjoy the exhibit and speak to the students about their creative processes.  It was exciting to see the crowds making their way around the space to appreciate each piece and notice the artists' attention to detail.  When asked about inspirations for the artwork, each student responded with excitement and explained the source(s) for the art.  The students had artistic licenses in that they were allowed to choose from any topic or theme they liked.  Most creations were inspired by experiences and events in their own lives.  One student recently returned from a trip to India and chose to create a composition that embodies the experiences and sentiments of his first visit there.  In addition, we saw the theme of seasons and the changing of the seasons prevalent in many works.

The children took the opportunity to step into the much deserved limelight when the local news camera crew arrived.  The artists were proud to explain to the interviewers how they created their pieces of art and how the gallery gave everyone else a chance to see the world "through their eyes".  In addition, Joe and Diane spent the majority of the evening interacting with the students and even taking some time to film and conduct interviews.  Between the proud students, great turnout, and money raised for the Village Glen and Bridgeport School Arts Programs, this year's exhibition was a shining success!

We would like to thank gallery owners Heidi and James Gray, John Farrimond, and the Art teachers of The Help Group for helping to shape this event into such an exciting and enriching experience for the Artists and guests.

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