Thirteen children from the Little Wonders VPK class walked through the doors of Mally Khorasantchi’s art studio on Wednesday, Jan. 24th, their eyes wide with excitement as they eagerly took in the impressive array of supplies. Though they are no strangers to paint and canvas thanks to the successful art program at Little Wonders, a Collier Child Care Resources (CCCCR) Child Development Center, for many of the four-year-olds this was their first time in a professional art studio. The field-trip was part of a bigger plan leading up to Collier Child Care Resources’ major fundraising event, Big Impressions by Little Artists®.
Mally greeted the group with enthusiasm and excitement; she had selected an array of snacks for their enjoyment, and had already carefully prepared the project they’d be working on together. Each took a turn putting their paint on the canvas under Mally’s watchful eye and gentle direction, and soon their individual efforts began to come together to create a cohesive abstract painting. Mally explained that later she will go back and add more detail to the painting, as well as her own unique artistic flair, before the painting will be ready to auction at the fundraising event.
“I think it’s a wonderful and unique experience for our children to interact with an artist of Mally’s caliber,” says Alicia Browner, Director of Fundraising and Events who helped coordinate the field trip as part of the upcoming benefit luncheon and art auction. “Even though they’re still very young, the hope is that this will inspire some of them to continue exploring their creative side as they grow older.”
Big Impressions by Little Artists®
Big Impressions by Little Artists® (BIBLA) is a premiere benefit luncheon and art auction hosted by Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. each year. With a focus on raising funds for the tuition assistance program that offers scholarships to underprivileged families who are in need of high-quality early education resources, BIBLA aspires to bridge the gap between children and education, as well as between the community and professional artists. The event features four artists that include Mally Khorasantchi as well as Carmelo Blandino, Juan Diaz and Marcus Zotter, each of whom will create a piece with the children at the CCCR Development Centers that will then be auctioned during the event. Dozens of other artists, photographers and business owners have also contributed pieces for the silent auction portion of the event in an effort to help CCCR reach their $100,000 fundraising goal. NBC2 News Morning Anchor Rachel Pierce will serve as guest emcee, while Rick Gallo will host the auction. The overall theme of the event serves to support the mission of CCCR, and the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning that the child development centers have adopted which places a strong emphasis on authentic art experiences and the creative process.
Event details: Friday, March 9th, 2018. 11:00am – 1:30pm at the Hilton Naples. Tickets are $75 per person, and available for purchase online at www.collierchildcare.org.
In 2017, through the efforts of CCCR’s many campaigns and supporters, the organization was able to:
- Open two new Child Development Centers – Little Wonders and Child’s Path.
- Open two new toddler classrooms for children ages 1-2 to meet the urgent local need.
- Provide partial tuition assistance for 225 economically disadvantaged children.
- Supply them with approximately 34,000 healthy meals and snacks.
- Celebrate the graduation of 68 children from our VPK classrooms.
About Mally Khorasantchi
Born soon after the end of World War II in Dusseldorf, Germany, Mally (Breuer) Khorasantchi discovered her lifelong love of drawing and painting as a young child. Khorasantchi studied with several noted professional German artists who nurtured her artistic development and by the 1990s, she had two solo exhibitions of her work in Dusseldorf, Germany. Khorasantchi immigrated to United States and became a permanent resident of Florida in 1992 and an American citizen in 2006. A successful, full time professional artist since 2005, her work has been collected by both private and corporate clients both in the U.S. and abroad. Khorasantchi was awarded with the prestigious “Stars in the Arts Award” by the United Arts Council of Collier County in 2014. Mally Khorasantchi maintains her studio in southwest Florida.