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June 3, 2004

Arts Share Workshops Yield UAY Exhibition

"In the Company of Others," an exhibition of art by Iowa City youth, will be on display at United Action for Youth, 410 Iowa Ave., through July 2. A free opening reception will honor the artists and their work 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, June 7.

The exhibition, which celebrates Mexican folk art and the artistic personalities of Iowa City teens, was the result of three weeks of UAY workshops led by artist Greta Songe through the University of Iowa Arts Share program.

The youth studied works by Mexican artists in a 19th century folk genre known as retablos, and then painted their own works in response.

Retablos are primarily devotional paintings of saints, usually on tin, often mounted in home shrines or grouped on altars. The "In the Company of Others" groupings are painted on canvas primed with silver paint, and range in content from collages to nature imagery to abstractions with text.

Songe earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from Louisiana State University in 2000. She is currently in the graduate program in painting in the UI School of Art and Art History. She works mostly in oils, creating still life paintings, and also invests time in landscape drawing.

The project was supported by a grant from the Iowa City Noon Optimists.

The UI Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2003-4 Arts Share roster included more than 75 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

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