Features Donna Martin and Regina Wise during stained glass class

Published on July 9th, 2013 | by Donna Martin

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Art Is…Creation

Amidst the professional artists’ works at The Hub, is a kaleidoscope of color, all shapes, all sizes, and a variety of art forms created at the summer art camp – Art Is…Creation (AIC).

AIC is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization designed to benefit youth and individuals who qualify to receive funding to attend Summer Art Camps, After School Art Programs. They believe every child can have a life- changing experience in and through the arts.

The art campers’ original creations are on display for a month, beginning with a reception that took place last Saturday from 4 p.m. until 8p.m. The artwork is a product of this year’s summer art camp for 100 students, 1st through 12th.

Art Is…Creation had a tent on Canal Street for the First Saturday Art Stroll, called Christmas in July, hosting activities including marble painting, and chalk art.

Regina Wise proudly displaying art campers' works

Local artists volunteered their time at the art camp to teach the students their art form, which included, fused glass jewelry, painting, collage work, wooden mask designing, stained glass night lights and more.

The first summer art camp, the brainchild of Regina Wise (pictured left), retired graphic art teacher from New Smyrna Middle School, was launched in 2011 with 20 students, 8 sponsored. In 2012 there were 54 students, 20 sponsored. One hundred students attended camp this summer 30 of whom were sponsored.

Assisting the artists were volunteers at the different sessions. Regina’s son, Eric Wise, produces the marketing packages for all of the Art Is…Creation programs which also includes the A.S.A.P. (after school art program).

Sponsoring a local child in an AIC program is easy. First you need to decide what category of sponsor you are. Are you a Corporate/Business Sponsor like NSB Urgent Care, or are you a Personal Sponsor? Then you can either go online to www.artiscreation.org or you could mail a check, of any amount, to Art is…Creation, Inc. at 1220 Commodore Dr., New Smyrna Beach, Fl 32168.

This year Art Is…Creation rented space from the Artists’ Workshop adjoining The Marine Discovery Center. One week was for Kids Create., 1st through 5th and two weeks for Teen Extreme, 6th through 12th..  The plan for the future is to find a permanent home for the art programs. [nggallery id=145]

*All photos by: Donna Martin

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About the Author

Stained Glass Artist, Owner of Alchemy Stained Glass Studio, Oil painter and journalist. I love the laid back attitude of Edgewater. Oak Hill is one of my favorite towns because of the simple life, with the old Florida atmosphere and the abundant wildlife. But initially, it was New Smyrna Beach that attracted me. I was on my way to Ponce Lighthouse and took a wrong turn into New Smyrna Beach. I picked up a newspaper (The Observer, in fact). On the front page was an article about the Atlantic Center for the Arts. I folded up my paper, went back to St. Cloud where I was working for Chrysler in Orlando and put my house up for sale. I’ve never looked back.



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