On Thursday, January 31, 2019, youth artists and their mentors gathered at the Gallery 4 Annex at Hamilton Public Library’s Central Branch to celebrate the closing of their very first DIY-together Mentorship Program exhibition.
Featured in this exhibit were illustrations by youth artist Jude Perrault and her artist mentor Meredith Park, as well as paintings by youth artist Anthony Giovannetti and his artist mentor Bethany Kenyon.
Their art was installed on January 7th and available for public viewing for several weeks. At the closing of the exhibition, youth artists and their mentors got to celebrate their achievements and reflect on their experience of being part of DIY-together.
DIY-together is a one-year mentorship program that connects creative youth with artist mentors. Throughout the course of the year they meet regularly to create art and work toward any personal goals they may have set.
Mentor Bethany expressed how she went into the program thinking she would be the one teaching Anthony, but in the end, she felt that Anthony had taught her so much more than she ever expected.
Mentor Meredith expressed how inspiring it was to see how dedicated and hardworking her youth artist Jude was.
Both youth artists Anthony and Jude expressed how grateful they were to have had the opportunity to work with a mentor and to have the experiences they otherwise may not have had, like the opportunity to sell their work in the Makers Markets or being part of the DIY-together exhibition.
All in all, it was a great event and it was wonderful to spend the evening celebrating this hardworking group of incredibly talented artists.
Megarrah Buxton is the Studio Coordinator for RE-create Outreach Art Studio.