Summer Campers Take a PAUSE For Art

Recently, 1st-5th graders and counselors from AHC’s Gates of Ballston summer camp had a hands-on modern art experience. They visited Gallery 3700, home to Studio Pause’s newest exhibition, We PAUSED! Unbound.   

Studio PAUSE is an Arlington-based art studio created by award-winning artist Sushmita Mazumdar. The 9-year-old art studio is a safe space to explore creativity & celebrate community through art.  

The excited group of summer campers experienced Studio PAUSE’s newest exhibit, We PAUSED! Unbound and their first installation titled The Water Still Churns. The year-long art exhibit is a response to Studio PAUSE’s project We PAUSED! A Handmade Book for Gates of Ballston – where the summer campers live. Studio PAUSE turned the book into a display to chronicle a year of the COVID-19 pandemic to help create a space for all voices.  

After touring the exhibit, the campers created prints that described their emotions after learning more about art. Ken Krafchek, retired director of the MFA community arts program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, walked the eager students through the process of creating their timeless monoprints. Krafchek and Mazumdar were impressed with the level of detail in the camp attendees’ art.