Student artwork on display at Pine River Library
With whimsical pets, social commentary and multimedia projects, Bayfield Middle School and high school art students are putting their best work forward at the Pine River Library’s spring art show.
At an opening and artist reception on March 5, local students showed their works to proud parents and family members.
“I am blown away by the talent,” that young people put into their work in the display, said Brenda Marshall, the library’s assistant director. “Your work is touching people as they come into the library,” she told the gathered artists.
The library is hosting the show in honor of National Youth Art Month, which is held in March. The students are taught by Kari Pepper at the middle school and Kathy Neal at BHS.
The library curates four shows each year, Marshall noted, thanking Susan Brightman, a local artist who also volunteers at the library and helps hang the shows.
In the current show, Trinity Crane’s piece on display is “Ocean in a Bottle,” a multimedia work the eighth-grade student created with watercolors, water and sand. “Art makes me happy,” she said of the creative process.
Emily Deming watched a video on weaving and knitting in Pepper’s eighth-grade art class, which inspired her to use knitting in her art piece. She also has a ceramic mug showing in the newest display.
Some pieces covered social commentary, as well, including works on racism and gender issues. Several of the artists are donating animal-themed pieces to the La Plata County Humane Society for its annual Bark and Wine event and art silent auction this autumn.
Sixty student works are on display through March. In upcoming shows, Bayfield photographer Glenn Tinnin will display his work in April, May and June, followed by Gary Gackstatter in July, August and September. The library's annual community art show will be held from October through December, with submissions open to all local artists. The call for work will be in July.
More information on library art exhibitions can be found at www.prlibrary.org or by calling (970) 884-2222.