Lanesboro Arts is proud to present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing artworks by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, Mabel-Canton, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, March 11 from 6-8 p.m., which is a wonderful opportunity to meet, and ask questions of, student artists and teachers from these schools. The show runs through March 26, 2017. Always free and open to the public, gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in March. The show features a variety of art projects, including those in ceramics, acrylics, pastels, ink, pencil, and mixed media sculpture.
“As an art teacher I love going and see what other programs are doing,” shared Abbey Potter of Chatfield High School. “I always feel incredibly inspired and ready to attempt new things when I leave the art show!” She added, “It is so exciting and unique to get to see my student’s artwork hanging in a real gallery. I get goosebumps seeing their work displayed so professionally with the light and attention it deserves.”
According to Gallery Director Robbie Brokken, “The Art Show gives the students an opportunity to reveal a part of themselves to the public and each other through their art. Attendance and support of area families has been overwhelming and helps share our commitment to the community.”
Potter also shared a touching story about the impact last year’s annual art show at Lanesboro Arts had on her ninth grade student, whose original painting was featured in the publicity materials. “She was so excited and genuinely shocked when she found out about it. I sent out an all staff email about the honor and how proud I was. Later that day several staff displayed her work on projectors, congratulated her in front of her classes, and a few even changed their backgrounds on their computers to her artwork. When it came time for the art show opening the whole family came and I could tell from the look on that student’s face that this was an experience she was going to remember for the rest of her life.”
“I don’t think I could have created the same affect with an art show in our gym,” Potter stated, “this needed to come from someone outside of her school telling her that her work is wonderful.”
The exhibit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.