Gallery Route One Exhibits More Student Art in West Marin

Earlier this month, Point Reyes Station landmark Gallery Route One shared artwork from several local art students in the exhibit “Tomales High School Artist Showcase 2021,” featuring paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works.

Now, the gallery once again presents art from Marin students in its Annual Artists in the Schools’ Exhibition, “The Seed, Cycles of Life,” featuring work by over 300 students from the Shoreline School District, on display at Toby’s Gallery in Point Reyes Station, June 3–22.

Gallery Route One’s ‘Artists in the Schools’ program was founded in 1993 as an elective art program that began collaborating with teachers in 1996. This continues to the present day, and the program now reaches all the schools in the Shoreline School District. ‘Artists in the Schools’ offers local students the chance to learn art practice, art history and the applied arts.

For the first time in the program’s history, ‘Artists in the Schools’ projects were available online as a series of free video workshops.

By holding its classes online, the program found a way to bring the voices and perspectives of teaching artists and educators from outside the Bay Area, a benefit that Gallery Route One hopes to continue and expand in the coming year. This year, the program was taught by more than ten different teaching artists living in Marin, the Bay Area, Portland, and Mexico.

This year’s ‘Artists in the Schools’ projects explored the theme of The Seed through botanical illustration, seed architecture, and drawing outdoors in nature.

Other teaching artists have chosen to explore the Cycle of Life by asking students to explore their own identities and personal growth through writing poetry about their transformation during the pandemic, or by creating self-portraits.

The exhibit includes artwork by K-12 students from Bodega Bay School, Inverness School, Tomales Elementary School, Tomales High School and West Marin School.

The exhibit includes projects by teaching artists Genevieve Busby, Hailey Malaika Clarke, Rob Corder, Mela Delgado, Annie Duncan, Joe Fox, Brian Kirven, Shannon O’Neill Creighton, Maunel Ruelas, Vickisa, and Sandra Wolfson. These projects were organized by Gabriella Giuliani, Program Director of ‘Artists in the Schools.’

“The Seed, Cycles of Life” displays at Toby’s Gallery, 11250 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. The show opens with an in-person reception on Sunday, June 6, at 1pm. Toby’s Gallery is open to visitors Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. Get details at galleryrouteone.org.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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