This past Friday, I had the good fortune of attending a reception at Gallery 1307 here in San Francisco where 49ers tight end Vernon Davis exhibited 13 paintings he has created in recent years. For those that were unaware, Davis is passionate about the arts, and in fact majored in studio art at the University of Maryland. He has created numerous works of art but had not exhibited them before this past Friday.

I was able to attend this exhibition and have posted some pictures from the evening after the jump. I didn’t get pictures of every piece, but I did get shots of some of my favorites. You can head after the jump to check some of them out. The picture attached here at the top of this post is a picture I took of Vernon standing next to a self-portrait he painted.

It is because of his love for the arts that Vernon Davis has committed himself and much of his charitable work to arts education. This past week, Vernon Davis announced a partnership between his Davis Family Foundation and the community-based A.R.T. Ambassador Youth Program here in San Francisco. The A.R.T. program is a four year curriculum geared towards high school students who demonstrate a genuine interest in the arts.

In the most general sense, Davis is encouraging kids to pursue their dreams no matter what. While Davis has always had an interest in the arts, he said that as a kid growing up in the inner city in Washington, DC he stifled that interest to some extent because it wasn’t the manly thing to do. According to Davis you either played sports or sold drugs. With this program, he hopes to help kids in similar circumstances get a chance to express themselves creatively a lot sooner in life.

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