Art to art

The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester offers select youthful offenders a rehabilitative alternative to incarceration through education, job training and clinical services. But the program also seeks to inform the whole human being with library visits, concerts and art workshops. This summer, residents had an opportunity to study with Neo-Impressionist painter Ouattara Watts, known as Ouattara, a protégé of graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, in four workshops.

The resulting works, along with paintings by Ouattara, Bradley Theodore, Faith Ringold and others, will be on view in the exhibit “Inspired: Masters and Students,” at the Rye Arts Center Sept. 9 through 12, with the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10. Proceeds will benefit the program. The center is at 51 Milton Road.

For more, visit and And for more on the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, look for WAG’s October “Compassion” issue. – Georgette Gouveia

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