Boys & Girls Club working on art exhibit

Members’ work to be displayed at the Nashua Public Library

Telegraph photo by GRACE PECCI Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua Youth Development Professional Karina Rodriguez helps club member Delia, at right, with her project. Delia is using clay to make an octopus.

NASHUA – Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua have been working hard all year to complete projects for an art exhibition that will take place next weekend at the Nashua Public Library.

The Boys and Girls Club of America hosts the National Fine Arts Exhibit annually, which features numerous categories, including: watercolor, pastels, oil and acrylic paint, printmaking, collage, mixed media, colored pencil, monochromatic and group projects.

There are four age groups that compete: 6-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18.

Artwork is shown locally, regionally and then nationally. Artwork submitted in the National Arts Contest gets judged by professional artists. The Boys and Girls Club of America states on its website that all regional winning artists receive a certificate of merit, and each national winner receives a personalized engraved plaque.

Also, all original visual artwork is professionally mounted and framed by BGCA, then displayed in its national headquarters art gallery for one year. All nationally winning artwork is also professionally scanned and reproduced on stretch canvases to become part of a traveling art exhibit at regional and national conferences throughout the year.

The art exhibition at the Nashua Public Library will be the first round. Shay Odueyungbo, cultural arts director for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, said this is the first time the organization has placed exhibits on a larger scale to be geared toward the public.

Odueyungbo said as a local club, the children will produce art and then be judged within their club for the best pieces. After this, they will move on to regional and then to national exhibitions. Odueyungbo said in 2015, they had a member go onto nationals for photography and become a national winner. They also had success regionally last year.

“The kids work hard and are really excited to share with their community,” Odueyungbo said. “It really is a prestigious thing,” she added.

Club officials offer many opportunities for children who are interested in pursuing artwork further. Odueyungbo said she runs a program for kids who want to do advanced art, during which they can work on drawing, painting, pottery and other art. There is also a program for kids who are younger and might not have quite as much of a drive to push themselves, but still want to do art and Odueyungbo said there are also lighter programs.

“Our programs meet kids at different levels of interest,” Odueyungbo said. “We have lots of different art programs for whatever kids are interested in.”

More than 50 pieces of work will be displayed at the exhibit, though Odueyungbo said she is still looking to get more work from the children. Odueyungbo said this exhibition will consist of mostly visual art, and will include paintings, drawings, mixed media projects and photography. Odueyungbo said local artists and community members will be in attendance to judge the work.

The art exhibition will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the library’s Large Meeting Room.