Art Auction Chair Hosts Young Artists
Erik Parker, honorary chair of our upcoming Art Auction & Cocktail Party on April 28th, recently hosted a group of artistic young students from the Family Dynamics after-school art program. Parker encouraged the students to get a close look at his works in progress on the walls of his Williamsburg studio, ask questions about his methods and style (“Contemporary, because I’m still alive!”) The students carefully studied the canvasses and even sketched a bit of what they were seeing. “I love the colors he uses,” said Shaunessy Dungee.
He discussed where he gets his inspiration (old magazines, cartoons like “The Simpsons,” the internet.) “Actually, I’m afraid to talk about where the ideas come from – I’m afraid they’ll go away,” Parker said. He also took time to look over the sketchpads that the students brought to show him their own works in progress.
Parker is this year’s Honorary Chair of the 4th Annual SCO/Family Dynamics Art Auction & Cocktail Party on April 28th and has donated his piece “New Knowledge” for live auction that evening (click here for tickets and event info.) This event supports art instruction by two professional artists in an after-school program for children and teens living in the high-need neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. To date, students have created self-portraits, mixed media and collage style landscapes and sculptures with discarded materials. As their contribution to the auction, students will create and donate a large collage depicting a horse from “Jane’s Carousel” at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The goal of this year’s event is an expansion of the art program, which now serves about 100 young people each year. New York City’s Comptroller is about to release a report about the lack of arts education disproportionately affecting schools in low income neighborhoods; check out the NYTimes article here.