EVHS, CCHS to host art show
BY RHONDA SIMMONS
Eastern View and Culpeper County high school art students will display their work during the 14th annual art show at the State Theatre on Main Street in downtown Culpeper this week.
Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. starting on Monday and concluding Thursday.
A reception will take place April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
This event is free and open to the community.
CCHS art teacher Marsha Hale said between 200 and 300 pieces of art will be on display by students from both schools.
She said students will decide where their pieces are displayed inside the theater.
“We, as teachers, are just here to guide them,” said Hale. “It’s a really good experience to hang a show.”
Three community members, associated in the arts, will judge the works, selecting the winners just before Thursday’s reception, according to Hale.
Before hosting the annual art show at the State Theatre, Hale said CCHS used to collaborate with the elementary and middle schools and host the shows at the Depot and Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center. The elementary and middle schools recently held their art show at the State Theatre as well.
Hale said all types of mediums will be on display, including oil paintings, graphite, ink, mixed media, sculptures and much more.
Hale said the annual art show is essential to help students show off their hard work.
“It gives them a sense of pride and they are very thrilled to display their work,” said Hale. “I think this gives them a validation. It’s one thing to be involved in this process, which is extremely important, but to be able to display it I think it takes it to another level. Even though we display student art work inside the schools all the time, it’s very important to the students to show their work communitywide and have their parents come to it.”
EVHS art teacher Liz Schumacher said Sunday that this year’s exhibition will be a really good show.
“We have a lot of different pieces in basic all the way up to independent. And it’s always great when the kids are here doing it themselves. They can experience what an art show is and what they have to do visually and it prepares them for college and for a career in art if that’s what they want to do, said Schumacher.
Rhonda Simmons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 825-0771 ext. 125.