The Boys & Girls Club of Venice will dedicate its newly renovated art center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the club at 4 p.m. Thursday, January 29th.

The ceremony will highlight the support of major project partners, The Ahmanson Foundation, Bank of America, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and Disney.

The renovated art center was designed by students at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising under the direction of interior designer Richard Herb. The renovated art center features new paint, worktables and chairs, wall coverings, storage lockers, exhibition modules, a new floor covering, improved lighting and decorations.

Free parking is available on-site and on the street.

Among those scheduled to attend are Teddy Seraphine, Keller Williams Realty board president; Gina Adams of Bank of America; Andrea Gibson of Disney; Dena Stitt of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; Monte Hartman, Coldwell Banker board vice-president/ programs and facilities; and Erikk Aldridge, Boys & Girls Club of Venice executive director.

Club representatives said that, through the Venice club’s fine arts program, members take away creative skills that help them in standardized test-taking, school work, as well as in providing a foundation for further art study.

Drawing, sketching, clay, crayon, watercolor, oil pastel, collage, diorama, pen and ink, and mixed media are covered during the year.

The club has also had several Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Fine Arts Exhibit winners, and has had two art pieces selected from Venice club members in 2007 and 2008.

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