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Beach Bash supports youth art programs

Roseville Arts fundraiser features music, raffles, sand castle
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Instead of shopping at the mall, kids recently found themselves creating beach-themed paintings at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville.

Sarah Padilla, 5, made a beach sunset with a golden-colored sky. She did so as part of an event hosted by Roseville Arts on June 2 to promote their kids arts programs, which include classes, workshops and camps throughout the summer at the nonprofit organization's Blue Line Gallery.

To make these offerings possible, Roseville Arts is hosting its second-annual Beach Bash fundraiser Saturday, June 16. CEO Julie Hirota said her organization makes art accessible for community members of all ages, with an emphasis on children.

"Enriching minds through the arts at the early stages of development and fostering it throughout childhood allows children to become creative thinkers and collaborators guided by intuition," Hirota said.

What's a Beach Bash?

The party features live music by Jimmy Buffet tribute band the Landsharks, raffle prizes and food and drink from Il Fornaio, Cheesecake Factory, Pluto's, A Dash of Panache, Roseville Brewing Company and more. Marvel at a sand castle created by Travel Channel's "Sand Masters." There will also be silent auction bidding on art, spas, wine tours and more.

Is someone making a sand castle?

That would be "Sand Masters" Kirk Rademaker and Rusty Croft, who will create a large sculpture to be displayed during the Beach Bash. You can watch them create the castle during the afternoons (time to be determined) Wednesday, June 13, through Friday, June 15, in the promenade of Westfield Galleria.

What about the kids?

Roseville Arts has camps scheduled this summer, including Camp Create and Conserve, for kids ages 6 to 12. Kids learn about sustainable art-making practices while creating their masterpieces. Sessions takes place June 25 to June 29.

The organization's Art and Acting Summer Day Camp, for ages 7 to 13, covers performance training along with mask and costume making, storyboarding and set creation. Kids work with artists at the Blue Line Gallery for the first half of the day and acting professionals at the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy for the second half. One-week or two-week sessions are from July 9 through July 20.

Are there other youth programs?

Yes, that's right. Roseville Arts also hosts art lessons for kids ages 4 to 16 on the first Saturday of the month. Each month features a new theme. The organization is also offering several youth-oriented workshops this summer such as beginning ceramics, anime cartooning and jewelry making.

Art educator Linda Miller will teach the workshop on ceramics. She has taught kids art for the past decade and joined Roseville Arts a year ago. When children are exposed to art, they learn how to break boundaries and expand their minds, she said.

"To share in that passion with them is really fun and exciting," Miller said. "You watch them dream big dreams ... It gives them an opportunity to think outside the box."

The Natural Wonders Forever children's show is currently seeking artists ages 5 to 13 to share their artwork inspired by the landscape and natural beauty of Placer County - rivers, grassy hills, flower patches - for the fall exhibit. Children should drop off their paintings at the Blue Line Gallery by Saturday, Aug. 25.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Roseville Arts' Beach Bash fundraiser

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 16

Where: Promenade of Westfield Galleria, 1151 Galleria Blvd., Roseville

Cost: $50 per person, $75 per pair

Info: To purchase tickets, call (916) 783-4117 or visit www.rosevillearts.org