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Beauty of Bronze First Friday Reception

You are invited to the Beauty of Bronze artist exhibit:

Dec. 6, 2019 to Jan. 4, 2020
Please attend the exhibit reception
Friday, Jan. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center

Share some cookies and check out the bronze sculptures made by the 5th graders from:
Abraham Lincoln – Columbia – John Newbery – Lewis & Clark – Mission View – The River Academy – Sunnyslope – Soap Lake Elementary, Washington –Valley Academy of Learning.

Students creating wax figures to be bronzed at the Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center

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The Beauty – and Rare Opportunity – of Bronze

So, you might be wondering…why is a children’s art program so expensive?

One of the main reasons is the same thing that makes the program so unique: bronze.

Many elementary art programs give students the opportunity to make sculptures but very few are cast in bronze. Those that do are almost exclusively only for those children whose parents can pay or a special one-time-only

sponsored project. Art on the Avenues is committed to providing this unique experience for all fifth graders in the Wenatchee school district and beyond, year after year. It is our dream to expand to other local school districts as well.

We are thankful to have a relationship with a foundry in Oregon which offers us the expensive ancient lost wax casting process at a reduced cost. Even so, with the growing number of students who participate each year the casting cost alone is significant. However, on an individual scale, is it easy to see how even small donations can help.

A $60 donation could cover the cost of one child’s entire Beauty of Bronze experience.       

Please help us give this great opportunity to each of our local fifth graders. Thank you!

Here is a video of one of the more dramatic steps in the bronzing process:

Student bronze images and video courtesy of Todd Pettelle, Northwest Artworks, Inc.

Save the 2020 Beauty of Bronze

                                                                                                                                                    …help please

sculpting mentor2020’s Beauty of Bronze (BOB) program is not yet funded and we need your help. We are so proud to be able to provide such a unique and special opportunity to Wenatchee’s fifth graders at no cost to them. As a 501C3 non-profit we receive no tax dollars and are not funded by the city. We fund all our programs through grants and donations. We are hoping that the community will step up to help support BoB. There are many expenses involved in bringing this opportunity to the local children such as bronze casting at the foundry; wax, Sculpy and other supplies for each student; space rental; the professional artist in residence; and administrative costs for the enormous amount of work required to bring this experience to life, to name a few. The Beauty of Bronze started small with one class in one school and over the years has continued to grow to over 600 students. Click the link above to donate to our cause. Let’s see what the community can do to help keep this rare art tradition going for another year. Thank you!