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Boys & Girls Club in National Fine Arts Program

The Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County is one of more than 4,300 clubs across the country joining in a search to identify talented young artists. The competition is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's (BGCA) National Fine Arts Exhibit.

BGCA's National Fine Arts Exhibit is a comprehensive initiative promoting young people's creativity and encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment.

As a participant in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, the Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County will submit over forty members' artwork in four age divisions and 10 categories, including mixed-media, sculpture, drawing, and painting. Selected artwork will be screened at the regional level and a limited number will be sent to BGCA's national headquarters for judging at the national level. Thirty-seven national winners will be named and their artwork displayed at special events throughout the year.

Winning artists will also receive an engraved plaque and letter of congratulations from BGCA president Roxanne Spillett. Regional finalists will receive a certificate of participation. Local winners will receive award ribbons and recognition at the club's open house on February 26th.

2010 marks the third year that the Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County will participate in the National Fine Arts Exhibit. The Club's local exhibit will be on display at the Merchants Row Clubhouse the week of January 4- 8, 2010, featuring a reception during the Art Hop on Friday the 8th from 5:30-7:30 P.M.

The Club's cultural arts program is coordinated by Joyce Binder, who has led youth in the arts classroom of the Merchants Row Clubhouse for four years. Joyce Binder is a local acrylic and mosaic artist who has exhibited at local galleries and is also a member and exhibiting artist at the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Joyce facilitates an outstanding arts program as part of the Boys & Girls Club's after school and school vacation programming, recognizing and cultivating the talent of Rutland youth and encouraging recognition for them through exhibition opportunities. The Boys & Girls Club's collaborative sculptural entry in last August's Trash to Art Show was awarded third place.

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