Bakersfield Boys and Girls Club's after school activities help shape kids into artists

Created art is auctioned to pay for supplies

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Hudson Byers has been coming to the Boys and Girls Club in Downtown Bakersfield for years. He still remembers his first day in the art class, which has now become his favorite after school activity. 

"I said okay, I've been given a pastel and now I am doing a pear, seems pretty cool," Byers remembered.

Since then, he has done many projects. The most recent one is of a coy fish in a pond, which he drew using his favorite technique- pastels. 

But painting for these young artists is about more than just fun. Their artwork actually helps pay for their supplies when it goes up for auction in an annual event called ARTFEST.

"There's nothing better than a child giving from the heart, and then reaping the benefits of having the tools to be successful," said the Downtown Bakersfield Boys and Girls Club executive director Zane Smith. 

ARTFEST is scheduled to be on Saturday, September 21st. Young artists like Byers will be at the event, talking about his art. Several celebrities, such as Carrie Underwood and Trace Adkins, have purchased paintings from ARTFEST. 

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