HOPE in the GARDEN
To Benefit Kids In Focus
Text and Photos Courtesy of Gordon C. James Public Relations

To benefit the local at-risk youth nonprofit Kids In Focus, the
exhibit will showcase photos taken by youths from the organization.
On view at Berridge Nurseries, the artwork is available for purchase.

Above and left: Working with mentors, 50 kids created 50 images for Hope in the Garden.

Beginning March 18 Berridge Nurseries will be featuring a collection of nature-themed photos taken by youth from the nonprofit organization, Kids in Focus, which uses the art of photography to give at-risk youth a new way to see themselves and the world. The free exhibit will run for 10 days, ending on March 28.

Set in the open-air spaces of the nursery, the Hope in the Garden exhibit is a collection of 50 images by 50 current and graduated program participants. These vulnerable children spent nine weeks with their volunteer mentors exploring nature, building trusting relationships, and gaining valuable life skills along the way. 

Above: The kids spent nine weeks with volunteer mentors exploring nature, building relationships and gaining valuable life skills along the way

The photos on display feature beautiful botanicals and outdoor scenes and represent the culmination of their journey of self-discovery. The photos will be available for purchase at the nursery, with all proceeds benefitting Kids in Focus. The image can be ordered on canvas or metal and will be mailed to the buyer within two weeks of the purchase.   

“Kids in Focus is a tremendous organization, and we are looking forward to showcasing the talent and creativity of these young photographers,” said Christine Fortman, co-owner of Berridge. The nonprofit uses the restorative power of photography and the guidance of dedicated mentors to help youth open their eyes to their own potential as they build the resilience they need to overcome challenges. Images have been exhibited at venues such at the Arizona Science Center, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Sky Harbor Airport, and the Arizona State Capitol. Kids are paired with a mentor that can help them not only with their photography, but support them in any other issues they may be facing. 

Above: The photos, which feature botanicals and outdoor scenes, will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Kids In Focus.

Founded in 2012, Kids in Focus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving at-risk youth the chance to see themselves and the world in a new light, equipping them with essential life skills to make the shift from surviving to thriving. Through the restorative power of photography and with the guidance of dedicated mentors, kids are inspired to open their eyes to their own potential as they build the resilience they need to overcome challenges. 

 “Coming from an abusive home growing up, I experienced the need for outside support, and knew I wanted to help kids that were going through the same things I did,” said Karen Shell, Executive Director of Kids in Focus. “We are grateful to Berridge Nurseries for allowing us to showcase photos at their nursery, it is such a beautiful location, and will be a really special experience for our kids.” 

 ABOUT BERRIDGE

 Berridge Nurseries, a family-owned business that features quality outdoor plants, supplies and upscale gardening tools, is home to Seasons by Berridge, a fresh and unique neighborhood gift shop and the area’s finest greenhouse that offers a full line of indoor and flowering houseplants. Berridge Nurseries was founded in 1938 by James Berridge Jr. 

 For more information, visit https://kidsinfocus.org