Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is teaming up with Shirl Roccapriore's Oils by the Sea Gallery (437 Commercial Street, Provincetown) to present the 4th Annual Youth Artist Exhibition on view July 29-August 6 with a celebratory reception on Friday, August 4 from 4-8pm.
Each summer, Roccapriore selects a student from Art Reach, one of PAAM's youth art programs, for an exhibition held during Family Week. This year she chose artist Hannah Capra, who advanced in the program from student to her current role as mentor.
"I am an artist who creates for the purpose of releasing emotion into the world," begins Hannah Capra's statement about her art-making process. Hannah, who is entering her junior year at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, has participated in PAAM's youth programs for the past 5 years. Over that time she has gone from a middle-school novice to a practicing artist and a mentor to younger peers. She says, "I especially admire the artists that I work with, specifically those who have been learning alongside me in PAAM's Art Reach, Art on the Edge and Reaching Forward Mentor programs, because I have learned just as much from them as any instructor has been able to teach me."
PAAM is thrilled that Hannah has been chosen as the 5th student artist to be featured in Shirl Roccapriore's Youth Artist Program Exhibition at the Oils by the Sea Gallery in Provincetown, MA. The yearly exhibition celebrates developing local talent and also serves as a fundraiser to support PAAM's award-winning Art Reach Program. "Hannah has been such an important part of our youth programs," says Lynn Stanley, PAAM's Curator of Education. "From the start she's been dedicated to her creative process. She's now supporting younger students in the same program she started in at PAAM five years ago. It's incredibly rewarding to see her sharing her gifts and continuing to grow as an artist."
Oils by the Sea Youth Exhibitions are timed to coincide with Provincetown's week-long Family Week events and activities; the exhibition is part of a five-year vision to support developing artists and to give back to the Provincetown's arts community. Of her reasons for the exhibition program Shirl says, "I had the good fortune of having a mentor at a very young age, who gave me opportunities that validated my love and pursuit of art. My intention is to follow the students I choose over a 5 year span; this select group will have another opportunity to come back to the gallery and show their latest work."
Art Reach and Art on the Edge are grant and donor-funded after and out-of-school programs that provide transportation, instruction and materials to local youth 11 and up free-of-charge. PAAM's Executive Director Chris McCarthy says, "Shirl and the Oils by the Sea Gallery is providing young artists an amazing opportunity to deepen their relationship to our town, to be celebrated, and to support PAAM's efforts to provide accessible creative opportunities for local youth. Shirl's generosity and the respect she shows young artists exemplifies what's best about our community."