This winter, I once again volunteered as a mentor artist for the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s Teen Mentorship program. The teens I was paired with – both named Alyssa! – were wonderful artists and I enjoyed getting to know them over the weeks we met together. It’s such a joy to see students progress in their art.

Here’s a bit about the program from Rogue Gallery:

Through the program, the students learn new techniques to use in their work, how to present their work in an exhibit, and gain insight to the life of a professional artist. Teen artists had the opportunity to work with an established artist to create art in a variety of media. To be accepted into the program, the teens went through an application process that included a portfolio review, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. The selected students for the program spent ten weeks with their mentors, learning and practicing techniques and preparing their work for display. The time, talent, and dedication are evident in the quality of artwork on display that includes abstract, expressionism, impressionism, and realistic styles.

Mentor artists are Jenny Calaba, Sheri Dinardi, David Masters, Nancy Jo Mullen, and Silvia Trujillo. Students are from Cascade, Eagle Point, Logos Charter, South Medford, and St. Mary’s

If you know teens in the Rogue Valley, I would strongly encourage them to get involved in this great program! Here’s a picture of me with “The Alyssas”

Silvia Trujillo teaching at Rogue Gallery & Art Center