Town youth’s art in national exhibit

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have named Anika Gupta of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich a national winner in its 2012 National Fine Arts Exhibit.

Anika was selected from more than 250 regional finalists vying for top honors at this year’s national competition and is one of 37 national winners whose artwork will appear in the exhibit. The exhibit features entries from club members across the country from age six to 18 who took home top honors in categories including monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil/acrylic, print making, mixed media, collage, sculpture and group.

Anika’s piece, entitled “Portrait of Lilly” won for the six to nine age group in the monochromatic drawing category. All artwork from the 37 national winners will travel with the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed the ensuing year at premier BGCA events throughout the country including BGCA’s annual National Conference.

“The National Fine Arts Exhibit provides youth an opportunity to develop artistic skills and showcase creativity through a variety of mediums,” said Erica S. Stevens, senior director of Education & the Arts at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Our year-round art program encourages artistic expression among club members and local, regional and national exhibits allow their artwork to shine.”

The club’s Fine Arts Program is designed to be a comprehensive initiative promoting creativity in a variety of media as well as encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment. As a participant in the program, the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich submitted artwork from 12 entries in several categories, including monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil/acrylic, mixed media and collage.

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