Monday, February 22, 2010

In the Gallery -- Annual High School Show

In the Gallery
Ingenious High School Artists Embellish CDPL Gallery

While anxiously awaiting the first sweet breath of spring "outside"; the Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery offers an opportunity to view spring profusions of beauty "inside" while anxiously awaiting the real thing. This annual exhibit is an energetic explosion of over 250 images straight from the fresh imaginations of these young Montgomery County artists whose work will be on display from Saturday, February 20th until Sunday, March 14th during regular Library hours. An Awards Reception is planned for Wednesday evening, March 10th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in lower level rooms A & B. Everyone is invited.

High School Art Students, with the help of Art Teachers and Tri Kappa Sorority members, will again wow you with their rich talent and focused tenacious abilities. Every art student who wishes to enter this event may do so, in one or several of the following categories; Ceramics, Computer Graphics-Graphic Design & Communication Arts, Drawing 1 and 2, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography 1 and 2, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textile & Fiber Design.

The six High School Art Teachers, Sheila McCormick and Marianne Ballenger of Crawfordsville High School, JD Minch and Mike Strickler at North Montgomery, Eleanor Brewer and Janet McVay at Southmont, suggest categories which may challenge individual students, teach needed skills, encourage artists to put forth their best effort and lastly, get pieces gallery-ready by matting and shrink-wrapping each piece.

Ribbons and Financial Rewards, in each of the fourteen categories, are given for first, second, third place and honorable mention.

Each year Tri Kappa members hire an experienced, independent artist to judge student work. This year's judge is Elizabeth Morton, PhD, assistant Professor of Art History in the Art Department at Wabash College. She has juried dozens of local, regional and national shows in the Atlanta and Denver areas and in Botswana, Africa.

Without Tri Kappa volunteers this philanthropic event would not take place. Each year Tri Kappa women, most of who are employed full time outside the home, work with high school art teachers and place student’s finished art pieces by category on the walls and in the display cases of the Gallery.

When you visit this amazing exhibit of artistic diversity, be prepared to be awed by the scope and depth of talent emanating from these high-spirited young artists. Enjoy!!!

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