Talent on display
WORTHINGTON -- Area students will once again be displaying their art during the Month of March Annual Area Student Art Show.
The show's opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Nobles County Arts Center in Worthington. Refreshments will be served, and student artwork from the Area Learning Center and Worthington's middle and high school will be on display. Students of other area schools have also been invited to participate in the show.
"The show has been going on as long as I've been here and I've been working in the district for 25 years," said WHS art instructor Gail Holinka.
Holinka said the show always opens on the first Friday of March to coincide with Youth Art Month, a time of promoting art and art education.
"It's from 5 to 7 -- that way people have something to do on Friday evening after work and before they have something else to go to," she said, adding that some of the art work on display will also be for sale.
The show serves as an opportunity for students to showcase their work to family, friends and the community.
"We have a lot of students that we've had in multiple classes for four years," Holinka said. "It's wonderful to watch them grow and mature over that time."
District 518 offers studenst a wide range of beginning and advanced art classes in areas including ceramic, painting, drawing, sculpture, stained glass and digital photography.
"There might be a student who struggles with drawing but excels in ceramics," Holinka said. "They are able to develop a strong sense of self-esteem by trying multiple mediums. By the time the students graduate, they have a well-rounded education in visual arts."
Reflecting the range of art mediums taught, Holinka said the work on display will also come from all different art style and periods, as well as include a variety in subject matter and themes.
"We also try to teach students about the importance of understanding art styles and periods," Holinka said. "We want our students to learn how to talk about art and learn to appreciate their understanding of art."
As projects are completed through the year, Holinka said students complete self, peer and group evaluations on finished pieces and use those discussions to collect pieces for the art show.
"Each time we have a class, we pull some pieces. Everything is from this current year," she said.
While none of the work displayed at the student art show has been part of other exhibits, Holinka said some students will display their work in other shows.
"We do have some students who display in the student show and in the area art show in April," she said. "We're also encouraging students that there has been a call for art at the new event center. We like to educate students that art isn't just a high school thing. It can be for life."
Several Worthington seniors who will be going on to pursue degrees in art will be among this year's exhibitors.
"It's fun to see them getting a strong foundation here and then get accepted into other higher education art schools," she said.
The Nobles County Arts Center is open from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Holinka said the student art show will be there "until close to the last week of March."
"It's nice to see everything up in the gallery," Holinka said. "It's a lot of work to get here, so it's great for students to come to the opening and see it all up on the wall."
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