This month’s special exhibit in the solo room of The Art League Gallery showcases the work of 11 young artists — 5th-grade girls, to be exact.
The girls are part of SOHO, “A Space of Her Own,” an award-winning outreach program that engages at-risk, low-income girls in a year of personal growth centered on art. The exhibit started with a camera, a roll of black-and-white film, and a photography workshop with Art League School instructor Allison Duvall.
After filling up a roll with images significant to them, each girl picked one to develop in the darkroom. Those photographs are displayed in the gallery with accompanying artist statements.
"Walking Through Life" by Marcala Joseph. (Click through for a larger version.) Marcala wrote that the single foot represents a first step — in her case, a first step toward college.
SOHO is a special collaboration between The Art League and the City of Alexandria’s Court Service Unit that pairs each girl with an adult, female mentor to participate in art lessons led by Art League artist instructors. Each week, girls and mentors work together to create expressive artwork. More information about SOHO is here.
This unique exhibit is only open Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, leaving less than a week to see it!