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The annual Student Art Show returns with stained glass, ceramics, charcoal, paintings and more

Art allows students to make their voices heard.

Students showing their work at the annual Student Art Show are Kacey Vicente Morales (front, from left), Destiny Scroggs and George Tino DeLeon. Back: Emma Singler, Miat Htoo and Andrew Benson.
Students showing their work at the annual Student Art Show are Kacey Vicente Morales (front, from left), Destiny Scroggs and George Tino DeLeon. Back: Emma Singler, Miat Htoo and Andrew Benson.
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WORTHINGTON — After COVID-19 prompted a virtual showing last year, the annual Student Art Show has returned to a real-world space, with more than 100 pieces from dozens of Worthington High School and Learning Center student artists at the Nobles County Art Center.

The student art show is a longstanding tradition for Worthington students, and both they and the teachers have been working on the show since last year, matting and framing work, labeling it and boxing it, said Gail Holinka, WHS art teacher.

“This will be so much fun, to get back in the gallery again,” she said.

Some of the work will be on sale, and prices will be available at the show.

The art on display will be just as varied as the students who produced it, with a vast array of media represented — oil pastels, ceramics, watercolors, stained glass, photographs, digital art, graphite charcoal, acrylics and even some unusual materials such as egg tempera, which uses pigment with an egg yolk as a binder.

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“A lot of kids have never had an opportunity to visit an art gallery,” Holinka said, and when they display their own work in a gallery it allows them to see that their work is pretty cool. Having the show at the Art Center is another way to let people know that Nobles County has its own Art Center.

Emma Singler, who is a senior this year, is bringing “Splish Splash,” a stained glass image of an orca she initially disliked when it was done. Then she held it up in the light, and with beams shining through the translucent blue bubbles, the colors popped and the piece came to life.

“I’ve taken ceramics, painting, drawing, and I’d have to say stained glass is probably my favorite form of art,” Singler said.

“Splish Splash” was a challenging piece, with plenty of sharp, difficult angles, and it took Singler about five days to create. She was inspired by her love of swimming and sea animals. While she plans to go into mechanical engineering, she hopes to continue making art on the side, and may even sell her work online to help fund her college education.

Senior Kacey Vicente Morales prefers to work in acrylic paint, which allows her to take more time and give her work a smooth look with a lot of detail. One of her pieces for the show is “The Joker and the Batman,” featuring the iconic comic adversaries, each with only half his face showing. She’s also bringing “The Subway,” “Shock” and another piece she calls “Question,” though she may go with a different title.

Many of Vicente Morales’s paintings are inspired by music she hears, and she creates a story from it that’s told through the artwork. For her, that process is spontaneous.

“My work is basically up for interpretation, so (viewers) can see what they want to see,” she said.

Beyond learning the mechanics of placing paint on canvas, Vicente Morales has learned patience from her art classes, and to trust the process.

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Destiny Scroggs, also a senior, paints sometimes but also uses a lot of charcoal, graphite, and colored pencils. The charcoal allows her to create sharply contrasting light and darkness onto the page, and she can cover more paper in less time, too.

“I draw people — mostly faces,” Scroggs said. “It just comes naturally to me, drawing different expressions. It’s therapeutic, I guess.”

Scroggs has been drawing since she was very young. Most of the people she draws aren’t people she knows in real life, and she often uses photographs as references. The portraits aren’t always of a simple face, but also include a number of other elements, like flowers or “odd things here and there,” she added.

Showing student work at the gallery helps give the young people more purpose, said Jenn Christensen, WHS art teacher.

“It gives them the opportunity to let their voices be heard,” she added, noting that art is a universal language, and can offer students who don’t speak English a chance to express themselves in a different way or allow students to develop empathy for each other.

“We see them as young artists,” Holinka said.

The opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, and the exhibition will be shown through March 30 at the Art Center, located in the basement of the Nobles County Library’s Worthington branch.

READ MORE FROM KARI LUCIN

A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

Email: klucin@dglobe.com
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