Students learning about art through the Kent Bellows Mentoring program will exhibit their own creations in a professional setting when the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery partners with the group to mount an exhibit. The Artists’ Co-op includes outreach and education activities as part of its nonprofit mission. There will be a first Friday opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. September 2, 2016. The show runs from August 30, 2016 to October 2, 2016. High school artists will exhibit a wide range of media including ceramics, digital art, fashion, painting and drawing.
Kent Bellows Mentoring Program enrolls teenagers from over 25 local high schools including schools from OPS, Blair, Council Bluffs, Treynor, LaVista, Bellevue, Lincoln, Norfolk and Gretna. The program began in 2008 with 15 students and currently enrolls over 70 students. KBMP is designed to support the needs of emerging youth artists and is shaped by talents of the professional artist community and the fundamentals of fine arts practices.
Starting 40 years ago in space above M’s Pub, the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery has always had at its core strong professional artists from the region. Members of the Artists’ Co-op conduct educational and cultural outreach activities, and maintain and staff a gallery that features works in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, weaving, painting, pottery, photography, printmaking, glass, jewelry and drawing. Monthly opening receptions provide opportunities to meet member artists and learn more about their work.