Staff Report

 ZFolio Gallery and Art First Studio presents “Young at Heart” – an exhibition of artworks by young students of Art First Studio, professional artist and art teacher Halina Wyluda-Kazmierczak and a local artist Christine DiPego.

The exhibition takes place from April 23 to May 23, in partnership with ZFolio Gallery. 

Opening night is at 4 p.m. on April 23 at 1685 Copenhagen Drive in Solvang.

The exhibition includes 17 local budding artists ages 3.5—11, professional artist and art educator Halina Wyluda-Kazmierczak, and local artist Christine DiPego.

The artworks presented reflect exploration of a wide range of media, from crayons and watercolors to acrylic and collage.

The exhibition artists include Malena Sanchez (4), Carly Mendizza (6), Luca Merz Bass (7), Kaylie Wright (6), Klaire Wright (3.5), Samuel Sanchez (6), Sloan Ellis (5), Audrey Elcon (5), Eva Zivic (6), Layla Olmedo (6), Isla Long (4), Zeaden Sherieff (11), Sophia Menelli  (11), Shelly Brophy (7), Lochlan Whalen (5), Henry Garvey (6), Patrick Garvey (4), Christine DiPego and Halina Wyluda-Kazmierczak.

The motivation and purpose for each child’s art differs from piece to piece. Presented pieces were created just for the joy of doing art related to a study or theme, or art to explore the possibilities of different materials. Whatever the motivation and purpose children possess, it came from the heart and an instinctive love of creation. Although they created their pieces working in a group, each piece freely expresses their unique talents. 

Christine DiPego lives and creates her art in Santa Ynez Valley, working in experimental media and showing in local venues. She is a former jazz singer/ recording artist, and designer of women’s accessories. She sees art in all things and enjoys her continual search for beauty.

Halina Wyluda-Kazmierczak is a professional artist and art teacher with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and Art Education. In 2018 she moved to beautiful Santa Ynez Valley where she is paints and teaches art at Art First Studio. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections in USA, Canada, Germany, Australia and Poland. She is presenting several of her acrylic paintings.

ZFolio centers on design and all works presented are handcrafted works of art. More than 75 leading American and international jewelry designers and artists working in glass, textiles and photography are represented.  

ZFolio Gallery is located at 1685 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA. Please call 805-693-8480 for more information. Regular hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.