Children participating in Maria de los Angeles’ summer art program will have their work displayed Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.
It will be the first public unveiling of the paintings by more than 50 kids in the One City Arts project. Some of their artwork also will be auctioned off at the one-day exhibit, which will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“Most of the parents have not seen it,” de los Angeles said about the kids’ artwork. “They are so excited and can’t believe people will come view their work and possibly buy it.”
De los Angeles, a master of fine arts student at Yale University who came home to Santa Rosa for the summer, said she created the free summer arts program after she noticed many children in southwest Santa Rosa were struggling to cope with the death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, who was fatally shot Oct. 22 by a sheriff’s deputy who reportedly mistook a BB gun he was carrying for an assault rifle.
Art student Sandra Aguilar, 14, spent nearly two weeks working with her two sisters on a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which they hoped to leave at a memorial for Lopez. She said couldn’t wait for their works to be displayed at this weekend’s exhibit, which also will include musical performances by students in the art classes.
“It’s exciting,” she said. “Everyone gets to know what we can do.”