December 1969


Press Statement

ArtHatch is excited to announce the very first annual ArtHatch Art-A-Thon, a veritable marathon of artistic creation to benefit the non-profit art center. 25 artists from San Diego County will seek pledges of $ 1.00/per hour and up 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 pledges and art sales will be divided between the artists and ArtHatch to help support the center's free art education program for local teens. There will also be prizes for the artist who raises the most and for the artists who make it the full 24 hours The reception for the exhibition will be held at the end of the event on January 14th from 6-10 pm with the artists and beer compliments of Stone Brewery. ArtHatch Art-A-Thon is as much a performance piece as it is an exercise in creativity and endurance. Coinciding with Escondido's Second Saturday art walk on Grand Avenue. This is a unique opportunity for patrons to experience the creative process of the art they collect first-hand. Painting, drawing, collage, print and photography will be among the featured media, with participating artists ranging from emerging to seasoned professionals. In addition we will be featuring live music. ArtHatch Art-A-Thon will be held at ArtHatch gallery and studios from 8pm on Friday, January 13 to 8 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The Opening Reception will be held following the event on Saturday, January 14 from 6-10pm. This will allow the public to see the final two hours of creation and interact with the lovely, tired artists. The artwork will be available for viewing and bidding through February 4, 2012 at 3pm. ArtHatch was created in 2004 both to fill a void 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 has 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 and their names will be included on the ArtHatch teen wall cap (as a fun little bonus). Exhibition and Auction will run from January 14, 2012 - February 4, 2012. Auction ends at 3pm pst.


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