Youth Art Expo starts Friday

By Anthony Gonzalez

March 5, 2014

Artwork from 10 area schools will be showcased Friday evening at the Foothills Arts Council’s Youth Art Expo. The gallery reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the arts council, 129 Church St., Elkin.

Students from Elkin Elementary, Elkin Middle, Elkin High, Starmount High, Starmount Middle, Dobson Elementary, Rockford Elementary, Central Middle, East Wilkes Middle and East Wilkes High schools are entering the fourth annual competition. Also competing are students from the arts council’s After-School Art Program.

Prizes and ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in the four divisions — lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school and high school, according to art expo organizers.

According to a release, the competition show is the brainchild of Jane Spencer Dale, retired art teacher and former board president of the arts council.

“Her vision was to excite students about their art with a show and award prizes, and to include the work produced through the arts council’s own after-school art classes. Judging this year’s competition is another retired art teacher, Karen Breit, who taught in Miami for 25 years,” said the release.

Prizes will be awarded during the gallery reception. Students, parents and school officials also can attend. Refreshments will be provided. The artwork will hang in the gallery for one week.

Next in the Foothills Arts Council gallery will be “Selfies” opening on April 11. The public is invited to bring their best selfie printed out on 4-by-4-inch paper to hang in the exhibit.