San Diego Fine Art Society Launches Artist Mentor Program

San Diego, CA (PressExposure) October 23, 2009 -- San Diego Fine Art Society (SDFAS), a local non-profit organization striving to develop the artistic cultural identity here in San Diego, has launched its Artist Mentor Program. Despite all the creative activity in San Diego, artists, art venues, and collectors are not well connected to each other.

“Often galleries view artists as not dependable and artists view galleries as more interested in money than art. Collectors don’t know about the artists because there is no venue to experience their art and artists don’t know where to find collectors for their art,” said April Game, founding executive director of SDFAS. “It is our mission to work to remove those barriers and create a viable art community. The Mentor Program is a big part of that.”

The Artist Mentor Program is designed for artists to uncover their dreams and discover what is blocking them from success, to understand where their art falls among their peers’ in the marketplace, to bond with fellow artists in weekly studio sessions, and to help artists move ahead with focused tasks that get them closer to their goals.

According to Jon Vencil, evaluation consultant for Nonprofit Management Solutions, there is no comparable program like it in the country. After following the Program for the first three months, Vencil concluded that “it has the potential to set the standard for mentor-based art programs in the country.”

The program is facilitated by Yoram Gil, an artist himself with over 35 years experience as a gallery owner and has coached artists in Los Angeles and abroad. He is an experienced, no-nonsense mentor who will drive artists to excel. For more information about Yoram, please visit

The cost for artists to participate is $100 per month and a one-year commitment is required that begins with an intensive three months of mentoring sessions and weekly group studio visits. To be considered, artists must email their work, a link to their website and a statement about themselves and their work to

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Game founded SDFAS with a mission to empower San Diego regional artists and improve and expand the artistic and cultural elements of the region. She envisions a San Diego with a sense of its own cultural identity, with collectors, curators and citizens who seek out art by San Diegan artists, and a business community that looks for ways to embrace and reflect the visual arts culture of the community that keeps it thriving. Ultimately, putting San Diego on the map as one of the country’s top-ten destinations for arts and culture.

For more information about SDFAS, please visit or call 858-205-4354.

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Press Release Submitted On: October 23, 2009 at 5:16 am
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