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ButterflEYES by Katharine Boyd (visual arts teacher at Marin Academy)

Each year, Youth in Arts hosts a show devoted to the work of teaching artists. This year we posed a pressing question: How did you stay inspired while sheltering in place?
The INSPIRE show is on view in our YIA Gallery windows and online through Nov. 27. Featuring painting, photography, drawing and mixed media, it explores the connections between North Bay teaching artists’ professional work and ideas they share with their students.
“Finding inspiration in a pandemic is a challenge, to say the least,” said Morgan Schauffler, Youth in Arts’ development and gallery manager. “I was so impressed by the work our local teaching artists created in quarantine, and am excited to share it with our community.” 
The gallery, located at 917 C St. in San Rafael, is one of the few venues in the nation solely devoted to showcasing children’s art. INSPIRE is the only annual exhibition to feature work by adults that is for sale. For inquiries please contact morgan@youthinarts.org.
This year’s exhibition features work by: Barry Beach, Carina Ybarra, Cathy Bowman, Jackie La Lanne, Jennifer Lipson, Julia James, Katharine Boyd, Katy Bernheim, Molly Blauvelt, Suzanne Joyal, & Taylor Mancini.
The artists in the show are part of a creative community that is working hard to find the best way to reach students online. Teaching a tactile subject, like visual art, poses unique challenges.
“I’m in awe of how our teaching artists have pivoted to continue to bring arts education to students virtually,” said Schauffler, who curated the show.

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