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March 2, 2012 > Union City honors youth artwork

Union City honors youth artwork

By Nisha Patel, Photo courtesy of Chris Valuckas

The City of Union City's Leisure Services is hosting its 5th annual Young Artists Faire. All students between the ages of 5 to 17 are encouraged to participate with their own original artwork. The event is open to all forms of art including, but not limited to, photography, oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures, charcoal sketches, three-dimensional art, and collages. Any form of artwork that a child would be willing to do will be accepted.

In past years, up to 100 pieces of artwork have been submitted, with participants varying from elementary and middle school students to high school students. Many local schools have incorporated the Young Artists Faire as a project for a class, and therefore as an integrated part of the curriculum. Whole classes from Cesar Chavez Middle School and Fremont Christian School have been previous participants, with a majority of submissions coming from Union City students.

Union City Leisure Services is collaborating with Paddy's Coffee House for the event. All submissions will be framed to make the display more presentable and then exhibited at the local business in April. Paddy's has served as Union City's unofficial art gallery, and has been kind enough to allow the space to be used for many city programs throughout the year. It will also host Leisure Services' reception for all the participants and their families on Saturday, April 28. Emcee Carol Dutra-Vernaci will host the reception, where all students receive certificates, parents can officially observe the artwork, and pictures can be taken of all participants with their submissions.

After display at Paddy's Coffee House, the artwork will be going on a tour to other landmarks within Union City. During late spring and early summer, the artwork will be on display in the lobby area of City Hall, and from there be moved to the Union City Sports Center until the end of fall. The artwork will be transported by Leisure Services itself, and will spend approximately three months at each location.

"The purpose of this event is to do something to celebrate children that are being creative and to display the arts in Union City," said Chris Valuckas, Union City Leisure Services' recreational supervisor. "We don't have a lot here, so we try to offer some avenues for kids to do more art in the future, and continue their passion for art."

All artwork must be submitted to Union City Leisure Services by Thursday, March 15 at 4 p.m. Entry forms can be found online at Kids may submit up to two pieces of artwork, and all entries must include a separate entry form for each submission. Submissions can be made by mail to: City of Union City, Attn: Chris Valuckas, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587; or dropped off at: The Kennedy Community Center, Attn: Chris Valuckas, 1333 Decoto Road in Union City.

For information, call Chris Valuckas at (510) 675-5328.

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