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Art Means Mentoring at the Human Services Agency
Campo Reno auctioning paintings by children to help foster care programs.

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Chris Ciarlo

Reposted on behalf of Campo Reno.

Reno, Nev. Aug. 21, 2019. On Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Campo Reno, caring is colorful. That’s when the restaurant, 50 N. Sierra St., is auctioning paintings by seven local youth in care to raise money for foster youth mentoring programs provided by Washoe County.

From 5 to 7 p.m., folks can view the canvases and decide which ones to bid on. The auction begins at 7 p.m. on Campo’s terrace overlooking the Truckee River.

“We wanted the kids to have some fun being mentored by a local artist and create some off-the-charts art while also drawing attention to the need for more mentors for youth in foster care,” said Denton, leader of Campo’s community crew, of the restaurant’s partnership with the county.

Caseloads often are very large for professionals who work with youth in care. A volunteer mentor matched with one child can offer additional support and become a role model the child learns to trust.

The artists who guided the children in creating the canvases being auctioned are: Kim Mihelic, J.D. Skinner, Hannah Spourt, Tara Sterrett, Chris and Cody Thomas, and Cooper Zucker.

Although the young artists fashioned only oil on canvas paintings, it’s hoped that future art mentoring sessions can include work in other media like pastels, charcoal, and pen and ink.

For one community leader, the auction has a personal connection.

Lance White, a top Reno attorney and co-founder of the Widdis & White law firm, spent several years as a foster child, and he’s been leading efforts to match youth in care with members of the legal profession.

“Youth in foster care are just like any other kid,” he said. “They look at the world the same way; they have the same questions about life as they grow up. They want to have fun and be loved.”

Sandra Unsworth, another Reno legal eagle, also is looking forward to the auction.

“I’m sure I’ll have one of the paintings hanging in the office,” said Unsworth, whose offices are housed in a much-photographed 1930s Arts and Crafts building on California Avenue.


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