Students Donate Ceramic Art To Organic Garden In East Village
OUTDOOR ART. Students put the finishing touches on art that will be displayed at the Long Beach Organic Garden at East First Street and Elm Avenue. -Photo by Robin Bott
By Shereen Oca
| Since its inception last September,
approximately 18 youth show up at the East Village Art District's
Gallery Eleven/Seven for ArtStart every week. Bott - whose parents,
Larry and Patricia Bott, own the gallery - works with the Los
Angeles County Office of Education and the Angels Gate Cultural
Center in San Pedro, among other agencies, teaching art to youth.
Her involvement with ArtStart, she said, was just a natural extension
of what she does now.
"It was a really neat experience," she said. "The kids not only helped design the murals, they also learned about the importance of public art and working together to create a beautiful piece of artwork."
The resulting works of art will be combined to create a mural wall at the Long Beach Organic First and Elm garden, right around the corner from Gallery Eleven/Seven. The earth-friendly group of gardeners seeks empty lots and transforms them into areas of productivity, growing organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers - some of which is donated to an area nonprofit that provides food and clothing to needy families. Bell said she fell in love with the garden and felt compelled to help further beautify the space.
"We found a way to give back to the community," she said of the ceramic tile-mosaic donations. "I think kids will take pride in bringing their friends, saying I did that so that for years to come they will have something to look at and be proud of."
The dedication will begin at 4 p.m. at the First and Elm organic community garden in the East Village Arts District downtown during the Second Saturday Art Walk.
For details about the Second Saturday Art Walk, go to www.artwalklb.com.