By Kimberly Rene’ Vanecek
It’s not the conventional way to display art, but it’s all about using open spaces, right? So the next time you drive by a Sun Metro bus stop, don’t be surprised to see some colorful and original artwork displayed at the shelters. What you might be surprised to learn is that the artwork was designed by a group of kids!
The group of young artists who participated in the Creative Kids art program at oLo Gallery this summer produced over 35 pieces of artwork that are currently showcased at Sun Metro shelters throughout the city. The kids who participated in the project ranged in age from 9 years old and upwards.
The project was the second year for an artistic collaboration with Sun Metro and Creative Kids at oLo Gallery. “The Creative Kids art doesn’t just allow the community to benefit from the beauty of the artwork, but the kids have an opportunity to showcase their artistic expressions for the entire community to view,” noted Sun Metro Director, Jay Banasiak.
Deana Castro, age 14, whose rendition of “Freda” was chosen to be exhibited at one of the Sun Metro stops, said, “I just want to thank Oscar, my teacher, and for oLo for bringing us this program.”
Creative Kids Director, Steven Ingel, is excited to be a sponsor of this program, saying, “Art education is a powerful tool, but it is just not being used enough. We are happy to provide a program the mixes graphic design and art design and have the kids create art that livens up our town.”
Deana Castro, Age 14 – Freda portrait
Wendy Reyes, Age 12 – Building shot
Brenda Hernandez, Age 12 – Migrant workers
Photographs by Kimberly Rene’ Vanecek