Stars 4 Douglas County supports school art programs

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Look for those stars!

In 2012, Castle View High School art teacher Julie Holladay gathered like-minded artists and started a nonprofit organization called Stars 4 Castle Rock.

It was intended to raise extra funding for school visual art programs and student scholarships, so students could have supplies they needed to develop new skills and experience the boost to self-esteem that successful interaction with the arts can offer.

Six large metal sculptural stars painted by artists were located around Castle Rock to raise awareness, and they were auctioned at a November Masquerade Gala along with other donated art.

The event was a wonderful success and this fall, the effort is expanded to support visual art programs in all of Douglas County.

Four of last year’s stars are semi-permanently on display in Castle Rock — one outside the Philip S. Miller Library and three at Festival Park.

This year, a total of 12 will be offered and expanded placement for large stars includes: Crowfoot Valley Coffee in Castle Rock, The Grange in Castle Rock, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, The Wildlife Experience in Parker, Lone Tree Library, Park Meadows mall and Highlands Ranch Library through the end of October.

Smaller stars can be seen at Roxborough Gallery at the Marketplace and Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia.

A special contest involves taking a photo with a star and uploading it to Stars 4 Douglas County’s Facebook page by Sept. 30. The person with the most likes will win prizes.

Artists are invited to donate work to be exhibited and auctioned at a live or silent auction at the Nov. 1 Masquerade Gala at Cielo in Castle Pines.

The theme is Venetian Nights or stars. Items may be delivered to the Philip S. Miller Library from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Information and an entry form are found at stars4castlerock.com. Information also is available at stars4douglascounty@gmail.com.

The organization recently received a gift of more than $23,000 in art supplies, according to Holladay. eScience Labs of Denver donated drawing paper pads, pastels, paints, brushes, colored pencils, art sets and more, which will be distributed early in 2014 to 12 lucky schools. (Volunteers are needed to help with distribution.)