‘Art in the Community’ exhibit opens this week at Richmond Art Center

'Art in the Community' exhibit opens this week at Richmond Art Center

A free exhibit showing off art created by members of the local community has opened this week at the Richmond Art Center and runs through May 24.

It is the third annual exhibition of the Richmond Art Center’s Art in the Community program, which brings art-making classes to children, teens, adults and seniors at more than 18 schools, community centers and other sites in the Richmond area (the artwork above is part of the exhibit).

“In the past year we’ve taught 1,200 students of all ages,” said Ric Ambrose, executive director of the Art Center. “The classes are free to the students.”

The art program also includes so-called STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) for local residents. The Art Center’s teacher-artists “introduce STEAM concepts through engaging projects that integrate design with artistic processes,” Ambrose said.

“Students brainstorm and develop their ideas in sketchbooks and then explore and experiment with key concepts in a collaborative setting,” Ambrose added.

Artwork from the STEAM program is included in the exhibition.

On Saturday, a free opening reception for the exhibit will be held at the Art Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.