Street Scapes II coming this August

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 5, 2005

YORK-Art has become a popular subject for all ages in the city of York. This was evident last summer as Sumter County Youth worked with artist Linda Munoz to create mosaics based on the cell structure of local trees. The program received such a positive response that it is back by popular demand.

On Saturday Aug. 13 Street Scapes will make a return to York for a second summer of fun and learning. The program will run from august until Sept. 24. Throughout these two months there will be two sessions each day with the first session running from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and the second running from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Munoz said last years sessions were a great success and she hopes this year will be more of the same.

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“We had a great, great program last year and we are looking forward to another successful term this summer,” Munoz said. “We are going to try to complete three mosaics while we hold the sessions.”

This year’s program will be a little different. Munoz said she recently discovered an artist she felt would add a little something new for the program.

“This year we are doing something a little bit different,” Munoz said. “We have Bethanne Hill from Birmingham design this years project. She is quite a good artist and I could see how her work could very easily be transferred into Mosaic. I knew she would do a great job.”

The workshops are open to all Sumter County youth ages 10-16 at the Cotton Patch Studio. The older youth that volunteered last year are also invited to come and help again.

These workshops are free but they will fill up quickly. There will be eight students per session. Students may sign up at the Hightower Library in York or at the Cotton Patch Art Studio, 101 Broad Street in York.

When signing up, students are asked to be sure to specify for which Saturday or Saturdays they would like to participate and for which session or sessions.

One Mosaic has already been completed at West End Elementary School and will be placed in a garden the children are planning for the school.

Munoz said these projects would be slightly different than some of the art they were accustomed to, but it should be a lot of fun.

“I think the students will really enjoy this,” Munoz said. “Before, most of the work they were doing was abstract. This project will have a story to tell.”

Street Scapes II is made possible by the generous support of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Coleman Center for Arts and Culture, Alabama Power Company, and the City of York.

There will be no workshop on Saturday, Sept. 10.

For more information, call Linda Munoz at 205.392.7741 or 205.499.6137; or call the Coleman Center for Arts and Culture @ 205.392.2005.