Dougherty Valley students capture 'Beauty in Age'

Art exhibit at senior center gallery through Jan. 26

A new art showing in San Ramon this month features the works of Dougherty Valley High students who drew inspiration from a group of local senior citizens.

Called "Beauty in Age," the exhibit includes individual portraits of 24 San Ramon seniors created by the Dougherty Valley art students, depicting a piece of each subject's life story. The artworks are being displayed publicly at the Alcosta Senior & Community Center Gallery through Jan. 26.

"Students either drew or painted a portrait of that participant, trying to not only encapsulate their likeness, but features of their personality and life," Kelsey Wengel, Dougherty Valley High visual arts teacher, said in a statement.

The project began with a field trip to the senior center, where the art students interviewed participating seniors about their lives, according to school district officials. The students took their subject's photograph and returned to class to work on their portrait.

"They used a variety of media, styles and sizes to best suit each senior's wishes, while also telling a piece of their story," district officials said in a statement.

"Beauty in Age" can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the center's gallery, located at 9300 Alcosta Blvd. in San Ramon.

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