Willits, in the heart of Northern California’s Mendocino County, is the center of a vibrant arts community. It can’t be a surprise that nurturing skills in the arts begins at an early age in Willits.
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The annual showcase of art by students under 20 years of age is the April exhibit at the Willits Center for the Arts in downtown Willits. As a special treat, many of the young artists will be on-site for the Friday, April 2, 2010 opening gala. Their exuberance is contagious. You will enjoy expressing your appreciation for their talent as much as they enjoy receiving it.
There will be more than 150 pieces of artwork, including such media as oil, pastel, watercolor, graphite, ceramics and woodworking. The exhibit continues through Sunday, April 25.
Refreshments at the reception will be provided by The Willits Charter School. You can also expect music and performing arts. (These youngsters excel in all the arts!) Doesn’t this sound like a party you’d like to attend?
(Be sure to check out the slide show of a previous event below.)
“Art Under 20” is a must-see exhibit for anyone with an appreciation of the arts who is visiting — or driving through — Willits in April, 2010. It is a delight to see the skill and versatility of these youngsters. Just as important, it is an opportunity to acknowledge and encourage wholesome activities for young people. “Art Under 20” is a model that visitors can take home to practice in their own community.
The show is organized by Carolyn Bakewell, the acclaimed Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Willits High School, and Sheri Howe, Fine Arts teacher at the Willits Charter School. Willits is proud of the quality of its teachers and the lifelong impact they have on their students. Teaching is a fine art.
Willits Center for the Arts is at 71 E. Commercial St., just off Main St. (Highway 101) at the north end of Willits. You can get there from anywhere with Google Maps. The gallery is open TH/FR, 4-7 p.m. and SA/SU, Noon – 3 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call 707.459.1726. Admission is free. Bring the kids; help them discover their inner artist!
Impressive art in Northern California’s Mendocino County is certainly not limited to Willits. Learn everything there is to know about the arts throughout the county from the Arts Council of Mendocino County.
Discover all the other fascinating things there are to see and do when you travel to Willits.
Now that you’re in Mendocino County, get ideas and help with lodging for travel throughout the county from Visit Mendocino.
Jay Gordon also writes about travel in Willits and Mendocino County for The Nickel & Dime weekly newspaper.
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