Youth Art Show highlights visual and performing arts
To mark the tenth year of the Youth Art special exhibit at the Ice House, the gala opening event on Friday, March 16 features members of the Berkeley Springs High School chorus led by Kathy Seager as well as hundreds of pieces of visual art. During the gala, a certificate of appreciation will be presented to the Morgan County School Board for their ongoing support of Morgan Arts Council (MAC) programs both in the schools and at the Ice House. The Youth Art exhibit displays two and three-dimensional art produced by students in every Morgan County school and homeschoolers at the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs. Refreshments will be served at the gala opening reception to which parents, fellow students and the public are invited. Matt Hahn serves as emcee of the performance.
The Youth Art show is staged by the Morgan Arts Council. "We initiated this art show in 1995 as part of the Goals 2000 grant," said Sandra Earls who organizes the event for MAC. "The first two were held at Widmyer. Until MAC created this event, there was no countywide art show for students," she said. "Now art teachers have grown to expect it as a way to provide public exposure for their students," said Earls. " We appreciate the art teachers' support and could not collect and hang the art without their help."
So much art is generated by students for the show that it overflows the gallery space into surrounding areas. "This year we have new spaces at the Ice House to use for the art," said Mary Hott, MAC's Executive Director. "Our youth art classes are expanding this summer and afterschool and much of that is due to having these new spaces, including a dance studio," said Hott. Newly renovated classrooms can be previewed at the opening. Schedules for summer arts camps will be available and include a first-time four-day summer theater camp in Paw Paw.
"Doing the Youth Art Show every year represents the commitment MAC has to the future artists of our community," said Mary Hott, Executive Director of MAC. "We encourage the community to show their support of young artists by seeing the exhibit during the month it will be hanging." The 2007 color poster of a butterfly advertising the show was created by Ryan Cole, a fifth grade student at Pleasant View Elementary. The black and white graphic of the panda was created by another fifth grader, Brianna Florian who attends Warm Springs Intermediate.
The Youth Art Show may be seen at the Ice House Gallery every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 8.
The Ice House is on Independence and Mercer streets in Berkeley Springs. For more information on other MAC activities call 304-258-2300.