Founded in 2018, serendipity-art STUDIOS is a community of young artists, ages 9 to 16, working side-by-side in a friendly environment that encourages and inspires artistic growth. Adele Buytenhuys guides these young people in their quest to learn more about art.

“Serendipity-art believes that every child is an artist,” she says. “The mission is to help young students find their artistic voice and style.”

The studio and gallery is located in downtown Aberdeen. Studio rentals are available for students who wish to work on individual projects with instruction on an as-needed basis. The young artists are encouraged to plan their gallery exhibits from start to finish. Once a year an exhibit is also a fundraiser. In November last year, the young artists created artwork with elephants in mind.

Working from photographs of wildlife in Zimbabwe, the students produced an impressive collection of elephant paintings. Zimbabwe was in the midst of a severe drought and elephants were dying or getting stuck in riverbeds that were drying.

The exhibit opened on Dec. 1, and all the work done by the young artists was offered for sale. In addition, three wildlife photographers donated their photographs taken at the Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. The photographs were also for sale.

At the end of December the young artists donated $400 to ifaw.org.

The studio received the following letter from the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

“Thank you so much for your kind and generous support, and for taking the time to write to us and share their story of serendipity-art STUDIOS. How wonderful that these young artists created elephant art to help the elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia, and that they care so much about the elephants they have so generously donated to help these magnificent creatures.

“All of us at IFAW believe that caring young people represent the greatest hope for the future of animals and our planet.

“Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and generosity, and have a very happy New Year.”

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