Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brush Strokes New Project Helps Youths Combat Violence with Art

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brush Strokes New Project Helps Youths Combat Violence with Art

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Adrienne Brown normally spends her Saturdays painting on plywood.

She is not in construction work, but her work is intended to help some rundown neighborhoods look better.

Adrienne, 16, a student at Parkway West High School, is part of a drawing and painting project called "Stop the Violence: Create Art" sponsored by the city of St. Louis and Portfolio Gallery and Education Center.

Every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., up to 20 youngsters of various ages meet on the parking lot of Portfolio Gallery, 3514 Delmar Boulevard, to paint pictures of sunflowers, buildings, skylines, people and other objects on plywood.

The plywood paintings will begin going up later this fall on vacant buildings.

Adrienne says she is excited to have her work exhibited. Her paintings have been displayed at Portfolio Gallery twice.

Adrienne attended a summer program at the Chicago Art Institute. That program has helped her come up with ideas for the plywood project, she said. …

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