Kid, adult artists ‘hang together’ at Parker Library

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Recent visitors to the Parker Library might have noticed a slight change in decor.

The second annual “Let’s Hang Together” Art Show is a display of works from amateur and experienced artists from the Parker area. Organized by the 235-member Parker Artists Guild, “Let’s Hang Together” is the culmination of a mentoring program meant to pass knowledge from one generation to another.

Bill Parker, co-chairman of the art show, said 24 guild members mentored 33 kids and teens this year. The mentees “get to experience the whole process of creating art, displaying it for critique and maybe selling it,” he said.

The 55 pieces hanging on the library walls this year cover the range of media, from photography to acrylics to watercolors. The first “Let’s Hang Together” Art Show last year was well-received by the community, said Laura Elhaje, co-chairwoman of the show.

Keeping the arts alive is important in a time when budget cuts are eliminating school art classes, she said. Those being mentored include the kids, grandkids and neighbors of Parker Artists Guild members, as well as children from the community. The mentors teach a variety of techniques during the side-by-side process, including how to do a wash and how wet the paint should be. The hands-on guidance gives the kids experience and a “sense of accomplishment,” said Elhaje, a guild member for five years.

Sally Elliott, a well-known artist in Denver who has taught at the University of Colorado in Denver and Boulder since 1984, will award prizes to the participating PAG artists and provide personal feedback to all the young mentees about their artistic creations.

The public is invited to attend a reception for the artists and their mentees from 6 to 8 p.m. July 31 at the Parker Library.

“Let’s Hang Together” is one component of the Parker Artists Guild’s community outreach. The group also has its monthly “Lessons and Lemonade” program, a series of free sessions at Hobby Lobby in Parker. A different guild artist comes in each month to lead a class. “Lessons and Lemonade” has become so popular that there is a waiting list.

“It’s a desire of the guild to leave a legacy, and this is a good way for them to do that,” Elhaje said.

The Parker Artists Guild welcomes artists of all skill levels as members. For more information, visit www.parkerartistsguild.com.

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