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"I am the Promising Futures Art Studio Assistant who helps out the Art Studio Coordinator, Joshua Bellfy to make sure the other clients are exploring new outlooks on how to deal with the world around them. I gather the supplies such as, paints and markers, that the clients will need to work on their individual projects. I also get time to work on my own artwork with Josh's help. He has been a wonderful teacher and tutor in trying to either use old techniques on new projects or to apply new techniques on old projects to truly show not only their creativity but also to reflect on who I am. I enjoy my time in the art studio and working on my latest works such as the painting "Serenity" and others. I am pushing the boundaries of where my art talent can take me. Working on my art is a great escape from the realities of the world and it can do just about anything that I can create and make truly shine. With my painting of "Serenity", I have always wanted to work on a Chinese painting, but with a unique twist and that is what I have done by mixing elements of American stylized coloring, realism, Chinese brush strokes, mythology and my own imagination I have created something that may leave you in a calm and soothing state of mind. Another piece I'm working on is a poster of Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock and Roll", on tour in China which is what I had imagined, and my other project is a painting of a Ming vase that has American iconography painted on it with a dragon holding the "Stars and Stripes" guitar and the microphone that will set it apart as a unique vase. All in all, I am proud and honored to be the Promising Futures Art Studio Assistant and I am blessed to have not only a great teacher, but also a great group of people who are 100% supportive of my talent."
- Alexander Katzenson
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Joshua Bellfy and I am the new Art Studio Coordinator for Promising Futures Inc.
I graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Visual Arts in 2012. While there I received an academic research grant that funded the work in my thesis show. Before that experience I was primarily a self-taught artist.
I collaborate with many local artists and helped to create Agitprop Space, which was a local and progressive art space in North Park. My work has been shown at the San Diego Museum of Art, UCSD, Art Produce, Nine Rooms, Red Saw (New Jersey), Braggs Factory (Phoenix) and at various Agitprop events.
My experience in this field began in 2006 when I started working for a day program as an Art Instructor. It was there that I knew I wanted to work in this field; after building relationships with many talented artists who happen to have disabilities and seeing them express themselves so uniquely. After that I worked closely with a local artist with autism in the Kensington District of San Diego, where I renovated and helped to run an art gallery in which he was the resident artist. In 2012 I was employed as a Supported Living Coordinator, managing 5 teams of 5-6 people each providing 24 hour support to individuals with disabilities who live in their own homes.
I am now here at Promising Futures and I am very excited to be at the helm of the Art Studio.
What's been happening this month at the studio?
This month at the studio we have been getting to know all of the attendees and have been assigning everyone projects based on their individual needs and talents. We have done paintings, pages for book binding, drawings, urban frottage (or rubbings), jewelry making and sculptures.
We have so many projects lined up for the coming year and will continue to explore new techniques, mediums and styles of art on a weekly/ monthly basis.
How can family/friends get involved in the PFI Art Studio?
If you are a friend or family member who is interested in getting involved we have a variety of ways you can help.
We are always in need of the following types of art supplies:
· Acrylic paint and acrylic mediums
· Markers of all colors
· Canvas (stretched or raw), masonite, canvas panels and stretcher bars
· Framing and matting supplies
· Artist quality paper and pencils
· White or dye-able, light colored, fabrics
· Jewelry supplies, wire, glass beads and tools
· Sculpture or mold making materials
Additionally, if you happen to have art experience or an interest in the arts you can volunteer time to work on projects with our artists.
If you are interested in getting involved with our Art Studio or making a donation of supplies please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 788-9665 to set up a time to come in and visit.
PFI Art Studio Mission
The Art Program at Promising Futures provides a meaningful outlet for communication and expression to the people who use our service while they create or contribute to original works of contemporary art. In a professional supported studio environment our artists learn art techniques that are adaptable and meet a variety individual needs. Artists are exposed to a variety of artistic mediums, including: painting, drawing, sculpture, book-binding, jewelry making, photography, printmaking, fiber art and more. We strive to foster the development of new skills and to increase self-worth through the arts. The artists of PFAS produce work that is imaginative and inventive. These artworks are exhibited in our own studio/ gallery and are submitted to art shows outside of our own program.
Welcome, Josh! We are excited to have you on our team!
December 2013 we hosted our 2nd Annual Art Sale and Fundraiser event to fund our general programs and specifically our expanding Expressive Arts programs. The event included an extensive Art Sale, showcasing our clients' artwork as well as a BBQ, crafts for kids, and an exciting RAFFLE! For this raffle we were blessed by donations from a wide variety of Donors. We want to give a special shout-out to the following companies who supported this event: