Friends of Hearst Castle facilitated its fourth ArtReach workshop
On April 6, Friends of Hearst Castle facilitated its fourth ArtReach workshop, bringing together both learned and learning artists on the hilltop at Hearst Castle. ArtReach unites 6th through 9th grade middle school students with accomplished artists for meaningful mentoring in a process-driven art experience.

Friends of Hearst Castle Reaches Out with Art

ArtReach was launched in 2010 as a visual arts program that partners San Luis Obispo County’s talented artists with Artist Kathi Rippe presents ArtReach protégés with certificates of achievement and color wheels at the conclusion of Friends of Hearst Castle’s fourth ArtReach, April 6, 2011 underserved youth seeking artistic outlets and visual expression. Funded in part by proceeds from Plein Air Invitational art sales at Twilight on the Terrace and bids for education at Enchanted Evening auctions, the ArtReach program has been a collaboration with the North County Regional Division of the YMCA of San Luis Obispo County and to date has given over 60 youngsters the hands-on opportunity to experiment with various forms of media – watercolor, pastel, charcoal and pencil – all under the guidance of producing artists.

Three ArtReach programs took place in 2010, allowing mentors and mentees to paint from the observation deck and surrounding grounds at the Visitor Center. A fourth program was held on April 6, 2011 that granted artists and protégés a rare opportunity to paint from a hilltop terrace beneath Hearst Castle’s main house, La Casa Grande.

rtReach students capture the beautyof Hearst Castle from the hilltop, April 6, 2011.As part of the day’s activities, artists and students were treated to the movie, Hearst Castle, Building the Dream in the Hearst Castle Theater, a tour of the Castle and a picnic style lunch. At the conclusion of the mentoring session, refreshments were served while each student was introduced and presented a Certificate of Achievement along with a color wheel in recognition of their work.

“The Y finds this effort to be of great value to the kids,” said Shelly Dargatz, North County Regional Director of the YMCA. “They always come back with great things to say about the trip… thanks for your continued effort in supporting the youth in our county by reaching out through art in such a creative way.”

FHC Board member and ArtReach committee chair Evelyn Plemons stated “We are so proud that deserving youngsters are able to experience the many facets of art – history, collecting, appreciating and hands-on creativity at one of our State’s most magnificent treasures, the Hearst Castle. We hope this program will continue to grow and reach out further into the community.”

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Participating Artists:
Pat Cairns
Jim Carlisle
Ken Christensen
Lana Cochrun
Linda Dunn
Dotty Hawthorne
Sue Johnson
Steve Kellogg
Judy Lyon
Suzette Morro
Jean Neas
Loretta Novak
Shirley Pittman
Eileen Pritchard
Marsha Rebstock
Kathi Rippe
Bridget Ritterbush
Gerry Robertson
Denise Schryver
Rosanne Seitz
Laurel Sherrie
Art Van Rhyn
Chris Van Winkle
Robin Wayne
Mike Wilson
Jeanette Wolff