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Linda Gonzalez Memorial Youth March ArtWalk

Posted on | March 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Linda Gonzalez Memorial Youth March ArtWalk


The art community in downtown Petaluma has prepared an extra special ArtWalk this month! It is both a tribute to the life and passion of Linda Gonzalez, and a celebration of Youth Art Month. This ArtWalk, provides a great opportunity to spend the afternoon/evening with your family and friends, perusing the amazing talents of our local high school art students. Nearly 300 pieces of their artwork will be on display from March 11th to March 17th at participating locations during their normal business hours and during the Saturday ArtWalk on March 13th, from 4 to 7pm.

Linda Gonzales (1937-2009) was one of the most influential artists/gallery owners in recent Petaluma History. She taught art at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma for over 30 years, influencing several generations of artists. Linda and her husband Michael established Gallery One as a cornerstone of the Petaluma art scene over 20 years ago. Throughout the years, Linda worked diligently to bring fine art and craft to Petaluma and truly served as the matriarch of the Petaluma art world. She had a fun loving way about her and was always “in the know” about things happening downtown. This celebratory art exhibit will be dedicated to Linda’s love for life and art.

Galleries and Merchants of the Petaluma Downtown Association (PDA) have joined forces with the art teachers at Casa Grande High School, Petaluma High School, Saint Vincent High School, and San Antonio High School to celebrate the life and influence of Linda Gonzalez while also celebrating Youth Art Month. March is designated as Youth Art Month by the Council for Arts Education (CFAE). Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.

Youth Art Month was created in 1961 by Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI), a non-profit association of art and craft materials manufacturers, in cooperation with the National Art Education Association (NAEA). In 1984, ACMI created CFAE to administer the national Youth Art Month program and encourage funding for the program. This year’s theme is “Art Shapes the World.”

Photos from the Linda Gonzalez Memorial Youth ArtWalk 2010.

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