Date: 01 Oct 2011 - 02 Oct 2011
Press Release :
September 9, 2011, SPRINGFIELD, Mo.
John and William Gentry of Positronic Industries, Inc. in collaboration with the Springfield Regional Arts Council presents the artwork of “The Colors of Cambodia,” a not-for-profit art school and gallery in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Artwork from underprivileged students in the Siem Reap Province was displayed in The Creamery Arts Center Exhibition Hall starting with a private preview auction on Saturday, October 1 and then open to the public starting First Friday Art Walk on October 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. thru October 28.
William Gentry, an American artist and a businessman raised in Springfield, was inspired by the artistic history of Cambodia and the inate creative skills of the Cambodian people when first visiting there in 2000. As a result, Gentry visited schools in Siem Reap and discovered that the children did not have the opportunity to create because of the lack of art materials and guidance. In 2003, Gentry started the Colors of Cambodia in an effort to give children art supplies and instruction. As the organization grew, Gentry was able to hire art teachers and send them to teach at schools in the area. Now, Colors of Cambodia teaches art to almost a thousand children every month in seven different schools. And at the Siem Reap gallery, kids are free to come and go as they please during numerous flowing art classes.
“It’s a pretty cool thing and I’m pretty proud of it. What these kids need is attention – that’s what they lack. That’s what I try to do in the project – give them hope and attention, “ says Gentry.
William D. Gentry is president of Positronic Asia Pte Ltd, based in Singapore. He also started a multimedia company which has produced a “wacky” independent movie called The Genius of Beauty, due to be released later this year. In addition to the children’s artwork, Gentry will display some of his own drawings and paintings at The Creamery Arts show.
The SRAC, incorporated in 1978, connects people and the arts. It supports some of the most prominent visual, performing, literary and film/media arts organizations and artists within 27 counties, the largest outreach of any in the state of Missouri. The current mission of the SRAC is to transform lives and enrich our Community through the Arts. The SRAC also manages The Creamery Arts Center, which houses the offices of the SRAC, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Community Center and Care to Learn, as well as a board room, classrooms, arts library, exhibition hall, film editing bays, shared costume and set design shops managed by the Springfield Little Theatre and instrument storage.