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Young artists work on display at N.C. Winery

The Union Staff

Eleven girls from the Friendship Club are January’s “Artists of the Month” at the Nevada City Winery.

The 20 photos on display this month were taken around Nevada County this summer and framed by Nevada City Picture Framing. They are on sale as a fundraiser for Friendship Club programs.

“Every time we have someone visit for the first time, they are genuinely amazed that our girls took the photos,” said staffer Denise Tambasco, who taught a photography seminar over the summer with volunteer Fred Hall.

The seminar is part of the organization’s slate of programs to “engage, educate and empower girls at risk.” The club’s cornerstone effort is an after school mentoring and tutoring program.

Clinics like last summer’s photography clinic – help teens develop confidence and continue hobbies into their high school years, staffers say.

“This photography exhibit is another example of how The Friendship Club integrates our girls into our community, giving them a sense of belonging and pride,” said Executive Director Jennifer Singer.

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Two artist’s receptions are scheduled. An event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, features wine and hors d’oeuvres and costs $25.

A second event is from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and is free to the public.

The Friendship Club’s mission is to empower and enrich the lives of young girls who may be at risk.

To reserve a spot at the Monday reception, call Michelle at The Friendship Club: (530) 265-4311. For more information about the organization, visit FriendshipClub.org.