Distinction Gallery and ArtHatch Present Art-A-Thon 20+ local artists creating for 24 hours straight Saturday, Jan. 2nd at 12pm - Sunday, Jan. 3rd, 2016 at 12pm Opening Reception: January 9, 2016 from 6-9pm ArtHatch is excited to announce our Fifth Annual Art-A-Thon, a marathon of artistic creation to benefit the non-profit art center’s teen program. 25 artists from San Diego County will join together to create artwork for 24 straight hours. Completed artworks will be auctioned off starting at $50. Proceeds from art sales will be divided between the artists and ArtHatch to help support the centers free art education program for local teens. The Opening Reception for the exhibition with the artists in attendance, will be held the weekend after the event on Saturday, January 9th, 2015 from 6-9 pm with beer compliments of Stone Brewery, wine and live music. 2016 artists include Kelly Vivanco and Peter Hillier, Travis Sevilla, Gini Keating, Lindy Ivey, Jenny Barber, Victor Roman, Cameron Canales, Michael Miller, Armando Gonzalez, Jennifer Anichowski, Olga Tenyakova, Heather Russ, Philip Gann, Alexi Ohre, Jamie Kanes, Kim Niehans, Martita, Gloria Favela-Rocha, Sonya Arletta and more. Art-A-Thon is as much a performance piece as it is an exercise in creativity and endurance. This is a unique opportunity for patrons to experience the creative process of the art they collect first-hand. Painting, drawing, collage, print and photography will be among the featured media, with participating artists ranging from emerging to seasoned professionals. Since 2010, ArtHatch has been providing art supplies, mentorships, exhibition space and worksops to teen artists -most of them underserved and at-risk youths - free of charge. The teen program focuses on the development of talent and skill in the visual arts; and the teens are introduced to a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, spray paint, digital arts, and metals. Local and international artists work directly with students in hopes to help prepare them for a career in the arts – whether that be an artist, teacher, art installer, or graphic designer. Most important ArtHatch builds confidence and self esteem and keeps these kids in school. Art-A-Thon will be held at ArtHatch from 12pm on Saturday, January 2nd through Sunday, January 3rd, 2015 at 12pm. The public is invited to come and watch artists create during the entire 24 hours live or online via Ustream. The Opening Reception will be held the following weekend after the event on Saturday, January 9 from 6-9pm. The artwork will be available for viewing and bidding through February 6, 2015 at 2pm. All artworks will start at $50 for the bidding.