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Renee Hernandez
(909) 865-4261

For Immediate Release



Pomona, CA – February 27, 2013 - The Career and Technical Educational Center (CTEC) at Fairplex, in collaboration with students from local school districts, proudly presents the second annual ArtReach art show March 8-13. The event, located in the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, will display a beautiful selection of more than 300 artworks inspired by the universally shared experience of food.
ArtReach recognizes the talent and dedication of local high school students and their teachers. More than 100 high schools were invited to display paintings, drawings, photographs and ceramics to the community. Food is both a universal and diverse experience, and the students’ artwork will reflect this.
""This is a community-driven art exhibition, which not only allows CTEC and Fairplex to reach out to the community, but also demonstrate how universal themes in art can reach out and connect us all,” said Lugene Whitley, the exhibition’s curator. “More importantly, it gives students the opportunity to showcase their work and express their thoughts and feelings about food in a creative and visual way.”
This year ArtReach expanded to include a special needs program, inviting high school special needs teachers to submit their students’ artwork. Students will depict a fruit or vegetable of their choice on square panels using a variety of materials. A total of 30 panels will be selected to create a five by six feet cornucopia art piece.
All artwork will be judged by a panel of artists from the community who will evaluate artwork based on four criteria:
• Creativity – Artwork demonstrated original thinking and expressive perception
• Dialogue created between artwork and selected food
• Composition – Artwork demonstrates an original way of solving artistic problems and interpreting the elements of art and design
• Technique – Artwork demonstrates student competency in using the medium to achieve the desired outcome

Participating communities include Azusa, Chino, Claremont, Fontana, Glendora, La Verne, Ontario, Pomona, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Upland, Walnut and West Covina. 
In addition to the art showcased, CTEC’s numerous educational programs will be featured in an area titled ""The CTEC Story."" 
An opening reception and awards ceremony will be Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome. Regular show hours are noon – 5 p.m. March 9 and 10 and noon – 3 p.m. March 11-13.
For more information on ArtReach, contact Lugene Whitley at (909) 532-0168 or