Art Angels of St. Vincent’s High School will receive the Community Arts Award at the Petaluma Arts Center’s Youth Art Exhibit on April 5. The exhibit, “Art Shapes the World” will run April 4 – 27, 2014.

The Community Arts Award acknowledges the Art Angels for repainting and revitalizing the long abandoned El Cotija restaurant at Western Avenue and Howard Street Project coordinator Marla Pedersen observed: “Once a gas station, then a taco stand, now a public work of art, the future for this property is unknown, but with the energy it now exudes, one can only imagine it will become something of great worth for our community.”

In “Art Shapes the World”, student artists in K – 12 will have an opportunity to show their art in a professional setting. More than 100 students will participate in this juried exhibition. Art in all media will be reviewed and selected by a jury of local professional artists. A call for art can be seen at Additional awards will be given in each of the following categories Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Historic and Cultural Context, Connections, Relationships and Applications.  The exhibit is partially funded by the Petaluma Art Association and Robert & Mary Bailey.  Program Partner is Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLC.

The arts are an essential and valuable component in educating for the 21st century. However, the visual arts are consistently found at the bottom of priority lists. The Petaluma Arts Center not only supports the arts, but also actively advocates for the arts at the local level for all ages.

The Petaluma Arts Center is a private, non-profit organization supported by the generosity of its membership as well as by sponsorships and grants. Through creative programming, the Center provides the opportunity for people to encounter, engage and enjoy a diversity of art experiences.

The Center is open Thursday through Monday, from 11am to 5 pm, Thursday through Monday (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and most national holidays). Admission is a suggested donation of $5. For information, call 707-762-5600 or see

Art Shapes the World: A Youth Arts Exhibit
WHO: Petaluma Arts Center at the intersection of art and people
WHAT: Art Shapes the World: A Youth Arts Exhibit, the second annual exhibit for grades K-12 in the greater Petaluma region. The Petaluma Arts Center Community Arts Award will be presented to Art Angels of St. Vincent High School.
WHERE: Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St, located in the historic railroad freight building at 230 Lakeville St. Petaluma at E. Washington St.
WHEN: April 4 – 27, 2014: Exhibit Dates
Saturday April 4, 2014 4-6 pm: Opening reception and award presentation
HOW MUCH: A $5.00 donation is suggested