CLIFTON SPRINGS — Main Street Arts will host an open house for its After School Art Experience, an immersive art program for youth, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

The event is free and open to the public.

The immersive art program gives students in grades 2 to 8 the unique opportunity to create art in an art gallery. Lessons taught by artist and educator Pamela Viggiani are inspired by the artwork featured in current exhibitions at Main Street Arts. Students have the chance to talk about the artwork as well as work hands-on with a variety of art media.

"The exhibitions at Main Street Arts range from solo to group shows and feature local, regional, and national artists. It is rare for students at this age to be given the opportunity to engage with original works of art in this way. We are fortunate to be able to offer this experience as part of our mission to foster art education and engage with our local community while also promoting high quality exhibitions of exciting artwork," said Bradley Butler, gallery director and curator

During the open house, enjoy hands-on activities for kids, meet the instructor of the program, ask questions, and see what current students are working on.

Viggiani is a mixed-media artist and art educator living in Canandaigua. A native of the Finger Lakes region, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Nazareth College. Viggiani began teaching art in 1986.

For more information about The After School Art Experience and other workshops, events, and exhibitions, visit www.mainstreetartsgallery.co

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