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Boys & Girls Club gearing up for big art exhibition

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America will hold its Pacific Regional Fine Arts competition and exhibit at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Prineville Branch. The nine state competition and exhibit will be held February 14-15. At least 1000 pieces of youth generated art will be judged and displayed during the competition. The Prineville Boys & Girls Club is located in the Carey-Foster Hall at the Crook County Fairgrounds.
   The Boys & Girls Clubs of America consists of more than 3,100 Clubs that serve more than three million youth ages 8 to 18. The Clubs are grouped into regional alliances. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon is a member of the Pacific Region alliance. The nine states in the Pacific Region include Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. When Prineville was selected to host the art exhibit it beat out cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Seattle.
   An "Opening Reception" to unveil the Boys & Girls Club art will be held on February 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The general public is invited to participate in the reception and to view the art. There is no admission charge. The art will remain on exhibit through February 15, with the Clubhouse open to the public from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
   Acclaimed Sumi-e (Japanese brushstroke) artist Drue Kataoka will represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a judge and quest artist for the competition. Ms. Kataoka created a piece entitled "Jump Rope Junction" to commemorate the 2001 Boys & Girls Club art competition. Drue is a 2000 graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Art History.
   Numerous national newspapers have interviewed Kataoka and CNN featured her work in a segment entitled "Ancient Beauty." She has developed a national and international clientele for private commissions of wide-ranging subject matter. Drue Kataoka will share her knowledge and art skills with Prineville children the afternoon of Feb. 14, and she will participate in the evening reception at Carey-Foster Hall.
   The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Prineville Branch was established in 1997 at Crook County Middle School. In 1999 the Clubhouse was temporarily relocated to a renovated auto garage. The Club developed a partnership with Crook County Fairgrounds and in August 2000 moved their programs and services into the Carey-Foster Hall. A capital campaign is underway to upgrade the Hall for expanded programs for the Boys & Girls Club.
   For more information about the Pacific Regional Fine Arts Exhibit and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Prineville Branch, contact Club Director Gwynn Reis at 416-8839.