Student artists reach out from isolation through Artstart virtual gallery

12 August 2020


Adults of all ages may recall warm memories of their high school years, but for today’s young people, the cold world of the coronavirus pandemic and the isolation it’s caused always will be part of the story.

“I feel kind of bummed, especially about graduation,” said Marcelo Diaz, 19, a 2020 alumnus of Santa Rosa High School. “I missed having my diploma handed to me and being with my friends.”

To help cope with feelings like that, Artstart, a local art training nonprofit founded in 1999, created an online gallery titled “Shelter in Place: A Visual Portrayal,” featuring drawings and paintings by students that eventually will be transformed into public art.

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