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Volume 68, Issue 49, Friday, November 1, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Blaffer helps youths unlock creative talent

Cougar Entertainment Services

UHis Blaffer Gallery will open the exhibit Unlocked Thoughts at 3 p.m. this Saturday. 

While patrons will only be able to view the exhibit until 5 p.m. this weekend, Unlocked Thoughts will remain on view through Nov. 24.

It features work by students participating in the galleryis Young Artists Apprenticeship Program.

The program invites aspiring artists, chosen by area educators as being at-risk or having special needs, to display their talent. 

The chosen students are enrolled in a six-week workshop, during which an artist or mentor instructs them through their work.

The workshop also gives students the opportunity to meet artists, curators, gallery owners and collectors while they work toward completing a project of their own.

The galleryis Web site states the goal of the after-school program: "The goal of YAAP is to encourage students to stay in school by showcasing their talents through the arts. The program is kept small to allow for more personalized instruction in content or techniques related to museum exhibitions." 

This group of artists consists of Didier Boijseauneau, Sergio Cornejo, Luz Cruz, Cesar Cuellar, Juan Gallegos, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Max Guzman, Sarn Martinez, Dameris Romero, Natalie Sauceda, Jesse Sifuentes and Rick Villegas.

The Blaffer Gallery is located in Room 120 of the Fine Arts Building, Entrance 16. 

The museum is free and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. 

For more information, call 713-743-9530.

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