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Worthington students to display works at art show

WORTHINGTON -- Area art students have pooled their talents to display more than 150 paintings, drawings, stained-glass art and sculptures for the 2008 Nobles County Art Center Area Student Show, slated to begin with a 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday recept...

"Expressions"
"Expressions," by Angela Lowe, Worthington High School senior. Mixed media.

WORTHINGTON -- Area art students have pooled their talents to display more than 150 paintings, drawings, stained-glass art and sculptures for the 2008 Nobles County Art Center Area Student Show, slated to begin with a 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday reception at the center.

"Students are able to participate, hang their works on a wall of the gallery and price their work," said Worthington High School art teacher Tricia Mikle. "... They often have just fantastic works for sale."

The art show is a long-standing tradition at least 24 years old.

Every year, WHS students showcase their work along with students from other area high schools. This year, works from Worthington Middle School students will join those of older students on display.

Students will show more than 150 digital photographs, drawings, digital collages, watercolor and acrylic paintings, stained glass items and a variety of ceramics at this year's show.

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WHS senior Angela Lowe's "Expressions," a multimedia piece made of magazine clippings and vivid acrylic paint, is only one of the student-created works to be on display at the center.

"Basically, I just wanted to use a lot of colors," Lowe said of her vibrant painting. "I was just experimenting, trying a lot of things out."

Lowe has taken art classes since she was a freshman and has displayed her work in previous years' student shows at the Nobles County Art Center.

WHS senior Benjamin Kroll's "Soft White Hands" was made in response to a class assignment asking students to incorporate hands into a landscape. Kroll was reminded of the way waves sometimes look like hands as they approach a beach.

Using pastels, cloth, paper, magazine clippings and paint, Kroll created a surreal beach scene featuring hands, one holding up an umbrella.

"I've always been interested in art," Kroll said.

The process of creating art often gets more attention than the end product in art classrooms, Mikle said, and the art show allows students to present the finished piece, giving them "the satisfaction of taking a work of art from conception to finalization."

Students interested in majoring in art in their post-high school careers will be able to add the art show to their college applications or résumés as an example of achievement, Mikle said.

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The student art will be on display until March 21 at the Nobles County Art Center.

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