Youth art to decorate new Third Street Light Rail
Friday, July 12, 2002
A throng of 14 creative young people, ages 9 to 16, will make pretty San Francisco's Third Street Light Rail (scheduled for completion in late 2004) with their artwork. Forty impressive works—reproduced on 4-by-6-foot fiberglass panels—will be permanently installed by the San Francisco Arts Commission at boarding platforms serving Potrero Hill, Bayview/Hunter's Point and Visitacion Valley.
The youth worked with artist Sheila Ghidini—also an art teacher at the Cathedral School for Boys and UC Berkeley Extension—for five months last year at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, Bayview Opera House and Visitacion Valley Community Beacon Center. They explored themes relating to transit, neighborhoods and personal journeys expressed via photographs, drawings, paintings and prints.
Ghidini had this to say about the experience: "I saw it as a great opportunity for the kids. I put an emphasis on process as well as product. Step by step, the lessons evolved in complexity. They were introduced to new skills and processes. As a result, they were able to use symbolism and express ideas that were important to them, which created a lot of room for self- expression and self-identity."
Some of the artists contributing to the program are: Brianna Beasely, 9; Shonna Green, 13; David Houston, 14; Laura Moreno, 14; Amber Huesso, 13; and Alfredo Hurtado, 16.
A full-color booklet, "Third Street Light Rail Youth Arts Program," published by the San Francisco Arts Commission, highlights examples of work to be featured. For a free copy (while supplies last) contact Judy Moran at (415) 252-2586.
For more information visit: sfac.sfsu.edu.
A pastel rendering of Potrero Hill by 14-year-old Laura Moreno is one of 14 works by young artists that will be reproduced on fiberglass panels and permanently installed at boarding platforms serving Potrero Hill, Bayview/Hunter's Point and Visitacion Valley.
A drawing by David Houston, 14, is one of 14 works by young artists that will be reproduced on fiberglass panels and permanently installed at boarding platforms serving Potrero Hill, Bayview/Hunter's Point and Visitacion Valley.