Art lovers can show support

Published 6:55 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sometimes, all it takes to build a student’s confidence is a little bit of encouragement. I think it’s especially important to support and encourage artistic and creative students.

Students with artistic talents in fields like acting and music need the affirmation that what they do is valuable, and that extra encouragement can be the factor that makes them into great artists.

Motivation from their teachers and parents is essential, but these students also need support from their community to show them that people they don’t know can appreciate their talents, as well.

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One of the main ways members of the community can help these students is by supporting local organizations that teach children and teenagers to love art and help them grow as artists — organizations like the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

While most people appreciate the arts, I don’t know if they consider how important groups like the Suffolk Center really are to budding artists.

Through various educational programs, many of which are free of charge, the center provides students with the resources they need to excel.

People will have an excellent chance to show their support, both for the Suffolk Center and for the young artists it nurtures, next week, when the SCCA holds its annual Art D’Vine event.

Art D’Vine is the center’s largest fundraiser of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the arts while promoting them.

People who attend the event will be able to partake of a wide selection of beer and wine with food pairings, and they can attempt to walk out with a bargain on something fetching, as the center will be auctioning off various types of art, including everything from watercolors to sculptures.

The money raised from the auction will go to the educational programs at the center.

By taking part in the auctions, guests can buy pieces of great art with the knowledge they are promoting future artists.

The event is the perfect occasion for the community to show young artists in Suffolk that it supports what they do and that it wants to see them continue their work.

Art D’Vine takes place at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. Tickets are available for the event now, and they cost $55 for SCCA members and $60 for non-members.