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Celebrating Youth Artists & Art Education

Celebrating Youth Artists & Art Education

Luna Fine Art - Celebrating Youth Artists
Luna Fine Art - Celebrating Youth Artists
Luna Fine Art - Celebrating Youth Artists
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Luna Fine Art Gallery has dedicated gallery space to the new Brilliant Star Gallery, a gallery celebrating local youth artists.

Creating art not only expands children’s cognitive abilities and physical development; it also provides relief from stress and anxiety and helps them interact with the world. “Art is a powerful outlet for students to express themselves through hands-on activities. Many students may never experience the cathartic and transformative opportunities that art can provide,” says artist Kirsten Regan. “I want to support art education in our community to engage young people and provide an outlet to express themselves in a healthy and meaningful way.”

Luna Fine Art Gallery is a pillar to Innisfree Hotels’ corporate social responsibility program, The Hive, where the goal is to promote culture by inspiring and connecting people within the community. Julian and Kim MacQueen, owners of the Hilton and Innisfree Hotels portfolio, founded Luna Fine Art Gallery to share their love of the arts and the local community. Under the leadership of gallery directors Lisa Puzon and Shaughnessy Johnson, Luna Fine Art Gallery is proud to sponsor an exclusive fundraising event for Dixon School of Arts and Sciences as well as a dedicated gallery space to the new Brilliant Star Gallery, a gallery celebrating local youth artists. 

Luna Fine Art Gallery is sponsoring a fundraiser exhibit for Dixon School of Arts and Sciences through November 2020 to raise funds for items not covered by its operations budget. The budget is typically supported with considerations from the annual Dixon Dub, a Fall event, which has been canceled due to the various impacts of Covid-19. 

Says artist Tamara Fischbeck, “Many years ago I learned first-hand the value of the arts.  I was working as a school counselor during the Gulf War in Saudi Arabia. I decided to introduce an art therapy program with my students. I found it much easier for them to express their feelings in paintings than to use only words.  Art relieved the anxieties during this difficult time.” Indeed, a difficult time as additional budgeting needs has become more apparent during school closings this past spring.

Dixon School of Arts & Sciences is a “Trauma-Informed School” dedicated to the children and the community’s health, wellness, and education. Serving at-risk Escambia County youth, they are a private, kindergarten through 8th-grade Title 1 school, offering a world-class Fine Arts program as well as a robust Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art and Math (STREAM) curriculum. “Art can be the reason some students come to school,” says Pensacola artist Kathy Breazeale.

The school strives to integrate core academics with the arts and, through engaging field trips, help each child thrive, aspire to attain post-secondary education, and assume meaningful, productive positions within the global workforce. Artist Diana Urbiztondo explains, “art is that often forgotten link to creativity which can change the way we think, work, and face everyday challenges.”

Local area artists have contributed pieces from their collections that are currently available for sale during the exhibit. Funds raised from this effort will go towards Chromebooks and tablets for the scholars, iPads for art and music, art supplies including sewing supplies and drum kits, Dixon clothing such as jackets, sweaters and t-shirts, science kits (microscopes), robotics, and field trips.

Luna Fine Art Gallery
Hilton Pensacola Beach
12 Via De Luna Drive
Pensacola Beach, FL. 32561

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