GRworks & 826LA Bring Kids Of All Ages Together In “Pen To Paper” Show
Stories Written by Children Illustrated By Professional Artists To Be Shown In Exhibit, As Well As Print Book & E-Book
Los Angeles, CA – GRworks has announced its next show, “Pen to Paper,” which will feature stories from the children of 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring organization, turned into works of art by more than 20 professional artists from animation and illustration, including Pixar, Disney, Blue Sky, and DC Comics. Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 3 – 7 p.m. at GRworks (114 W. 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90013). The show runs through May 11th.
“Pen to Paper” is part of an ongoing series of curated shows for the pop-up gallery, which promotes artists in commercial art and supports youth arts in Los Angeles. Students from 826LA created stories around the idea of spending a day with their imaginary friends.
“I wanted to take the wide imaginations of children and see how their stories could be visualized by professional artists,” says Gennie Rim, Founder of GRworks. “It was really an amazing experiment to watch the artists tap into their inner child and create wild images that would equal, if not exceed, the creativity in these stories.”
826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students, ages 6 to 18, with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Services include after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English-language learners and assistance with student publications. 25% of the sales from the “Pen to Paper” art show and book sales will benefit 826LA.
This latest exhibit further reinforces GRworks’ commitment to local youth arts, now reaching into the literary world. Rim currently hosts a free monthly art workshop for kids, held at GRworks and various galleries around downtown Los Angeles.
“In this show, little kids write the stories, and big kids draw the pictures,” concludes Rim. “My hope is that this project inspires children to share their tales and to remind artists what it’s like to be a kid again.”
Rim has launched a Kickstarter campaign for “Pen to Paper” to help with the publishing costs of the print book. For more info or to donate, please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grworks/pen-to-paper-my-imaginary-friend-childrens-book
Founded by animation professional Gennie Rim, GRworks was conceived in 2012 to bridge the gap between the creativity in commercial art and fine art. Integral to the vision and philosophy of GRworks is the desire to create a space for highly talented production artists to pursue and exhibit personal works to the fine art and contemporary art communities. GRworks-curated shows have showcased many of the animation industry’s top talent. Rim brings more than 15 years of experience in animation and film, working at such industry titans as Disney and Pixar.
Pen to Paper: My Imaginary Friend is a collection of 25 short stories by students at 826LA and illustrated by professional artists. The book features more than 70 original pieces of artwork from artists within the animation, illustration, and comic industry from companies such as Pixar, Disney, Nickelodeon and DC Comics.
Our creators of the book include the following:
826LA Students – Echo Park Location
826LA Students – Mar Vista Location
Bobby Pontillas (Blue Sky Studios/Disney)
Bruce Smith (Disney)
Carrie Liao (Nickelodeon)
Chris Sasaki (Pixar)
Cory Loftis (Disney)
Daniel Arriaga (Pixar/Disney)
Everett Downing (Blue Sky Studios/Pixar)
Jeff Turley (Disney)
Joe Mingoo Lee (Blue Sky Studios)
Joe Pitt (Disney)
Josie Trinidad (Disney)
Katia Grifols (Art Center College of Design)
Lissa Treiman (Disney)
Matt Nolte (Pixar)
Nicholas Orsi (Disney)
Pam Tu (Art Center College of Design)
Patrick Osborne (Sony/Disney)
Robert Kondo (Pixar)
Scott Watanabe (Disney)
Shiyoon Kim (Disney)
Tony Akins (DC Comics Entertainment)
Willie Real (Blue Sky Studios/Google)