Autumn de Forest Talks Art on WJLA-TV

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Autumn de Forest on WJLA-TV’s “Good Morning Washington” (Photo courtesy of ABC7)

Art prodigy Autumn de Forest took time out of her busy schedule of painting, philanthropy and yes, homework, to speak with ABC7 in Washington, D.C. about art education and her blossoming career.

Autumn appeared on the February 9, 2017 episode of “Good Morning Washington” on WJLA-TV. The young artist highlighted the importance of art education and how programs like Turnaround Arts are vital to keeping art in schools. The private-public program recruits celebrities, musicians and artists such as Autumn to visit underfunded and under-performing schools to inspire students to express themselves creatively.

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Autumn demonstrates “pull painting” to students at Savoy Elementary School with Turnaround Arts. (Photo courtesy of Doug de Forest)

Autumn has visited schools around the country, including Washington D.C., New York and California to teach students painting techniques and how to create self-portraits.

“It’s so wonderful going in there and actually being able to talk with these kids and paint with them and really empower them,” Autumn tells ABC7.

As the news anchor states, the 15-year-old Autumn has a resume that older artists would love to own. The segment highlights Autumn receiving the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art, an award given by the Vatican. The award is given to individuals age 35 and under who demonstrate exceptional talents in the arts and serve as role models in their community. The award allowed Autumn the opportunity to present His Holiness Pope Francis with a work of art that now hangs in the Vatican.

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Autumn de Forest watches in awe as Pope Francis blesses a painting she presented to His Holiness (Photo by Doug de Forest)

Autumn is also the youngest artist to hold a solo exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. More recently, the artist held an exhibition at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. In the news segment, Autumn even hints at her upcoming spread in Teen Vogue.

Watch Autumn’s interview at WJLA.com.

For information on how to collect artwork by Autumn de Forest, contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or sales@parkwestgallery.com.

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  • Tom Whitaker
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    So glad I own an original Autumn deForest. And so Happy I got to meet her.
    Thank you Park West!!

  • Billy
    Reply

    Yes she does outstanding art. Me and my wife meet her When she was in San Antonio, TX in 2014. I am 71 and when I saw how young she was when started Now about a month now I took up panting as a hobby but love to try most of mine are landscape of beach and oceans. Trying to do more like palm trees and flowers. But Not looking if to be I be thanking GOD. We have a lot of art work in our home.

  • Billy
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    Got our collection while on a cruise in Nov 2014 and love them from different artist. We left from Florida where we live now. We love Park West.

  • Monica Sweeney
    Reply

    I awaken to Autumn’s work
    daily. The brilliant colors and a
    black egret, is a very pleasant
    good morning and good.
    Thank you Park West.

  • Brenda Dalton
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    I am so pleased to see Autumn growing as an artist and young lady. I own a large Autumn De Forest self-portrait thanks to Park West.
    Met her twice. Charming!

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