Deadline for open studio tour is May 1

Sponsors sought to support student artists

-- Sierra Art TrailsApril 17, 2013 

Sierra Art Trails offers a number of student sponsorships each year, giving Mountain Area promising art students an opportunity to participate in the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour free of charge. The sponsorship program is open to students in third grade through seniors in high school.

According to Jon Bock, president of the Sierra Art Trails. the program offers young artists who exhibit exceptional talent or aptitude an inside look at what it takes to succeed as a working artist or artisan. The program was created to inspire and educate promising young artists by including them in a professional art event.

"Students who apply require a mentor to guide them through the application process," Bock said. "Parents, teachers, or friends can volunteer to mentor a student. Students fill out the application and follow application guidelines just like any other artist applying for the show. Mentors are responsible for helping students who are accepted prepare their work and their show site for the event."

The number of sponsorships offered each year is determined by contributions received for the program. For every $200 received from donors, Sierra Art Trails is able to sponsor one student. Students selected for sponsorship have participation fees waved, and are entered in the show as a full participant. Each sponsored student also receives $100 for art supplies.

Sierra Art Trails (SAT) is a 501c4 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting working artists and artisans, fostering the visual arts and art education and benefiting Mountain Area communities by establishing a reputation for the region as an arts destination.

Each year, the organization produces the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour and a number of other unique art exhibits and art related events. Art Trails raises funds for student scholarships, public arts and awards for artists and art organizations.

"Through these activities we seek to increase public awareness of the importance of the arts in our lives, and the role that artists play in building a vibrant culture," Bock said.

This year's Sierra Art Trails is Oct. 4-6. Application deadline is May 1.

Please contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Details: Stellar Gallery, (559) 658-8844, admin@sierraarttrails.org, sierraarttrails.org.

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