On Monday afternoon, more than 10 young artists were finishing up paintings depicting flowers, landscapes, abstract designs and other subjects.
The kids were all participants in Hilltop Gallery’s Summer Art Program, a month-long summer camp for children ages 4-15.
Janice Johnson, who directs the camp, said that more than 80 kids signed up this year for the program, which includes classes throughout the day for three different age groups at the gallery in Nogales.
The older kids will get lessons from local professional artists as part of the program, and all will work with five counselors who are local high school and college students.
“I just like art, and my mom told me about it, so I was like, ‘Put me in!’” said 13-year-old Vania Soto, who has participated in the program with her friends for several years.
Johnson said that the program has been running for approximately 30 years, so some of the current participants have parents who attended the camp when they were children.
She said her motivation for coming back each year was simple: “I love to see kids do art.”