December 1969


Press Statement

ArtHatch is excited to announce their Fourth Annual Art-A-Thon, a marathon of artistic creation to benefit the non-profit art center's teen program. 25 artists from San Diego County will seek donations to create artwork for up to 24 straight hours. As works are finished, they will be added to the ArtHatch gallery space and auctioned off for a one-month period following the event. Proceeds from donations and art sales will be divided between the artists and ArtHatch to help support the centers free art education program for local at risk teens. There will also be prizes for the artists who raise the most in pledges and for the artists that make it through the full 24 hours. The opening reception for the exhibition with the artists in attendance, will be held the weekend after the event on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 from 6-10pm with beer compliments of Stone Brewery, wine and live music.

Art-A-Thon is as much a performance piece as it is an exercise in creativity and endurance. This is a unique opportunity for patrons to experience the creative process of the art they collect first-hand. Painting, drawing, jewelry, and photography will be among the featured media, with participating artists ranging from emerging to seasoned professionals.

Art-A-Thon will be held at ArtHatch from 12pm on Saturday, January 3rd through Sunday, January 4th, 2015 at 12pm. The public is invited to come and watch artists create during the entire 24 hours live or online via Livestream. The Opening Reception will be held the following weekend after the event on Saturday, January 10 from 6-10pm. The artwork will be available for viewing and bidding through February 7, 2015 at 2pm PST. All artworks will start at $50 for the bidding and bids can be placed online, in person, and via phone.

ArtHatch was created in 2004 both to fill avoid in the community and to fulfill the dream of a vital arena for Urban and Contemporary Figurative Art in the North County of San Diego. ArtHatch employs its 7,000 sq ft of space to focus on cutting-edge artwork by over 50 national and international emerging artists, featuring 35 local artists - over 20 of whom work in studios within the gallery. Resident artists are a combination of college arts professors, emerging and mid-career artists, and fine-artists with arts-related day jobs looking for a stimulating, community-based environment in which to create. ArtHatch boasts an ambitious schedule of 12 exhibits per year. CEO and Founder, Melissa Inez Walker, curates the gallery bringing in over 100 emerging artists from around the world annually.

Since 2010, ArtHatch has been providing art supplies, mentorships, and exhibition space to teen artists -most of them underserved and at-risk youths - free of charge. The teen program focuses on the development of talent and skill in the visual arts; and the teens are introduced to a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, spray paint, digital arts, and metals. Local and international artists work directly with students to provide lessons that develop visual awareness along with a functional art vocabulary, hold discussions on art throughout history, teach them to analyze and to recognize a good composition, and provide instruction for skill development and practice. The goals are to promote the fine arts by giving young artists the opportunity to discover, create, and display their unique style, elegance, and technique.

The mentorship of emerging and established artists is absolutely critical for the success of the teen program. Our teen artists hope to become professional artists, designers, curators, registrars and teachers themselves one day; and the guidance of successful art world adults is invaluable to these teens in terms of instruction and networking. All donors will receive a tax receipt. Donors with donations over $500 will have a permanent plaque on display in the gallery.

Exhibition and Auction will run from January 10, 2015 - February 7, 2015. Auction ends at 2pm PST on Saturday, February 7, 2015.


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