Walton County Boys & Girls Club members have been busy over the last few weeks preparing artwork to be displayed at the Club’s Belles & Bowties special event. The artwork varies from paints to drawings.
Club members were given the opportunity to prepare for the event by learning protocol and procedures for the event, as they are advised by mentors in the Passport to Manhood Programs, while other Club Members participated by creating colorful art designs on canvass frames. These projects will be transported to the Belles & Bowties event, in which the paintings, portraits, and projects will be held in a silent auction and the proceeds with help to benefit the Club.
“We want to co-ordinate with the Advisory Board, volunteers and staff, who work with these Members to give it their best creative thoughts to express art in such a way that the guests of the event will want to not only bid on their work, but come out to the Club and meet these future artists and graphic designers. Great Futures in the Arts can really start here, too,” Lynn E. Hill, WCBGC Director, shared.
Club member Allen Giddens looks around at the art being created and shares, “It feels good to know that I can do something to help out my Club. It really means a lot to me!”
“The most fulfilling piece for the setup for the Belles & Bowties Event is to see these Club members feel important about their work, boosting their self-esteem, and having a healthy sense of pride in what they do and how they feel about themselves and the ways that they can influence others in their community,” Hill shared.
Sherrie Blare, a volunteer at WCBGC, is leading the artwork preparation and said “The kids seem to really enjoy this project, not only because it is fun to create a project in art, but they are really excited that someone is going to view their work and buy their work so that we could raise monies for their Club.”
“I never realized how enjoyable painting at this level could be. It just goes to show you how the simple things in life, such as creative art design can relieve stress and take you away from the problems of the world,” she added. “It is so healthy for these kids to escape the hardships at home, school, or community, and be at this Club where their creativity can help them overcome growing pains.
To learn more about Walton County Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.com/waltonclubor call 770-207-6279.