Moving forward by giving back, StoneMakers will be donating the labor and materials to construct a resort style waterfall for the SAY Sí youth art center in San Antonio, TX. On Tuesday February 21, 2011, David Montoya, President and Founder of Stonemakers, will be hosting a live demonstration for the new Ledgefalls System for resort style water features. This is part of a renovation project coordinated by the Concrete Décor Show, being held that week.
Serving San Antonio’s youth, SAY Sí is a year round, long-term, nonprofit multidisciplinary arts program that provides students opportunities to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers. SAY Sí works with talented youth interested in making and selling their artwork and learning more about the business side of the arts.
SAY Sí is committed to creating a premier, dynamic and nurturing educational environment for San Antonio’s artistic youth. SAY Sí recognizes that the arts reshape how young people learn, communicate and prepare for their work and civic future. SAY Sí’s vision is to meet the current needs of students, to provide quality programs and resources, and to prepare for future growth and development for San Antonio’s economic and cultural community.
SAY Sí began as a program under the umbrella of the King William Neighborhood Association in a space at the Blue Star Arts Complex [a large warehouse arts district south of downtown San Antonio]. Classes began in February 1994 with 12 students from one high school; studio sessions were held three days a week. Since that time, SAY Sí has steadily grown to include over 120 students from over 50 schools in its programs, with studio sessions held 5 days a week. Additionally, thousands of youth throughout Bexar County participate in SAY Sí’s outreach program, Project ABC [Artists Building Communities]. Our year-round, tuition-free programs serve students from every city council district in San Antonio.
During this day-long workshop conducted by Dave, he will demonstrate the speed and versatility of using a lightweight, composite panel water-feature system. Dave will discuss the process of putting in one of these systems, from initial site review and design to fabrication and installation. The workshop will feature hands-on demonstrations of advanced colorization techniques, focusing on realism and capturing the true essence of natural stone. Topics covered will also include mixing, blending and shadowing, highlights and lowlights, as well as color application tips and techniques.