Betteravia Gallery

Betteravia Gallery is located in the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building at 511 E. Lakeside Pkwy., Santa Maria, CA. The gallery features a lobby area for artwork in addition to several feet of running wall space for exhibitions. All exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.

2017 Santa Barbara County Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition

November 21, 2017 - January 19, 2018

reception: Thursday, November 30 (4:30pm-6:30pm)

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This exhibition features the work of 61 talented young artists from Santa Barbara County. Facilitated by The Arts Fund, the art on display represents the Teen Arts Mentorship: a program that pairs aspiring student artists countywide with professional local artists and cultural practitioners. Mentorship classes represented in the exhibition are Alternative Process Photography with Joyce Wilson, Mixed Media/Collage Abstract Painting with Susan Connors, Watercolor Painting with Ruth Ellen Hoag, Abstract Painting Using Words with Julie B. Montgomery, Relief Printmaking with Angelina LaPointe, Japanese Woodblock Printing with Sara Woodburn, Character Illustration with Laura-Susan Thomas, and Studio Photography with Michael Messina.

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The student artists represent 23 schools throughout the County, including Santa Barbara High School, Dos Pueblos High School, San Marcos High School, Bishop Diego High School, Carpinteria High School, Pioneer Valley High School, Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria High School, Laguna Blanca School, Crane Country Day School, Cate School, Providence School, Santa Barbara Middle School, Anacapa School, La Cumbre Junior High, Midland School, Garden Street Academy, Home School, Santa Barbara Montessori, La Colina Junior High, Coastline Christian Academy, Global Village Academy, Firinne Academy, and the Cornerstone Academy.

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Initiated in 1993 with a three-year grant from the Irvine Foundation, the Teen Arts Mentorship is an in-depth arts enrichment experience designed to expose adolescent artists to career paths in the visual, performance, multimedia, and literary arts. Working in small groups with creative professionals in the community, students develop specific art-making skills, learn exhibition techniques, develop professional networks, and create strong portfolios and resumes to bolster college applications.

The Teen Arts Mentorship offers classes throughout the year in every media, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, assemblage, murals, graphic design, creative writing, poetry, filmmaking, theater, and performance art. The program has evolved to include over 15 year-round classes, a fall session for film and performance arts and outreach to over 25 schools.

The Arts Fund is a nonprofit organization that strives to create, fund and administer programs that foster the arts throughout Santa Barbara County. The Arts Fund work to maximize the effectiveness of arts resources and nurture collaborative relationships between arts organizations.