BY TOM LAVIS
Young talent will be featured during the first student exhibition at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The show offers youth an opportunity for exposure that they would not receive had they been displayed only in their schools.
A reception at 7 p.m. Friday will open the exhibit.
“We hope to make this an annual exhibition where students may showcase their artworks,” said Stephanie Collis, arts center activities director.
The show will display works by students from grades 8-12.
Invitations were sent to Greater Johnstown, North Star, Forest Hills, Bishop McCort Catholic, Windber Area, Richland, Westmont Hilltop and United school districts.
Each student was encouraged to submit one piece of art.
“We are expecting at least 80 pieces from the schools,” Collis said. “It is open to other students from districts we may not have notified.”
Organizers say that participants gain valuable experience because school art programs are limited, and the show gives them an additional opportunity to produce.
“This promises to be well-attended by parents, relatives and friends of the participating students along with the general public and artists,” said Collis.
“Another benefit of such a show encourages youngsters to contemplate a career in art.”
The show also allows residents to become familiar with what the art students are doing in schools.
Monetary awards will be given for the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center Award for Heritage and Tradition, best of show, people’s choice, best photography, best drawing, best painting, best three dimensional and best fiber.
The amount of prize money has not been determined.
Some of the works will be available for sale.
“There is an option to sell any piece,” Collis said. “Marcene Glover, the arts center’s consultant, will help determine the prices.”
The exhibit will close on April 12 with a reception at 7 p.m. for participating student artists and their families.
Cash awards and certificates will be presented at that time.
“We will have some retired art teachers as well as area artists judge the submissions,” Collis said.
The arts center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
What: Student art exhibition.
Where: Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
When: Friday through April 12.
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