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Fine Arts Show

May 16, 2024

HeArt of the Dragon

What began as a collaborative masterpiece, placing local teen artists on a national stage, has now been transformed into an opportunity for those artists to support and elevate local programs offered by the Club. The winning artwork, a captivating depiction of a koi dragon, was produced exclusively by Club teens and is now featured as a label for a limited release of Rebellium Wines, the proceeds of which will go to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley.

The vibrant spirit of creativity within the Napa Valley community was brightly displayed on a national stage as a masterpiece produced by local Club 1515 Teen Center artist’s secured a prestigious accolade. Teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley’s Club 1515 Teen Center recently completed a project in partnership with Blake Barrios, a talented artist with deep ties to our region. The final product of that collaboration, a large 7’x4′ painting titled “HeArt of the Dragon” recently achieved an extraordinary feat by clinching third place in the teen visual art category at the National Fine Arts Competition at Boys & Girls Clubs of America Headquarters in Atlanta Ga.
What began as a collaborative masterpiece, placing local teen artists on a national stage, has now been transformed into an opportunity for those artists to support and elevate local programs offered by the Club. The winning artwork, a captivating depiction of a koi dragon, was produced exclusively by Club teens and is now featured as a label for a limited release of Rebellium Wines, the proceeds of which will go to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley. ” I didn’t really know what to expect when I visited the Club on that first day, but it became clear really quickly that this was going to be huge. The teens were ambitious, committed, and determined. While it was fun for me to share technique and process, I was inspired to watch how they put those skills into practice.”
For the Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley, this achievement marks a significant milestone in their ongoing mission to foster creativity and talent among local youth. The organization, known for its dedication to empowering young minds, has blossomed in large part due to expanded support from the Napa Valley Unified School District. “The district got a taste of who we were and what we wanted to do for teens by coming to our Youth of the Year events and watching videos of the magic that was happening within our walls. Last June, they committed to an unrestricted investment of $180,000 and that support has given us bandwidth to engage with people like Blake but also created opportunities for us to expand offerings like our e-sports and leadership programs; all while serving more teens than ever before,” said Greg Bouillerce, the Club’s Executive Director. Indeed, the journey from local artists to nationally recognized talent is a testament to the power of collaboration, mentorship, and community support.
The HeArt of the Dragon, which is now on display at Color Theory, who donated supplies to help with the project, in downtown Napa, will move to Jessup Cellars where it will be prominently featured for the Boys & Girls Clubs Fine Arts Show. The Boys & Girls Clubs Fine Arts Show, an exciting free and public event, will take place on May 16th from 5pm to 6PM with the artwork left on display at Jessup Cellars through June.
The Boys & Girls Clubs Fine Arts Show is more than just an art display. It is a celebration of the hard work and dedication that our communities youth have put into their artwork, and it provides an opportunity for children to showcase their skills and talent to a wider audience.
If selected, children’s artwork from this local event will go on to compete at a national level. This provides members with an exciting opportunity to compete against other talented artists from across the country, and to receive recognition for their hard work and talent.
In a world where artistic expression often goes unnoticed or underappreciated, this recognition from Boys & Girls Clubs of America is cause for celebration not just for the teens, but for the entire community.

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