Budding artists: Student artworks on exhibit at civic center

Published 9:40 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2013

For more than 30 years, proud parents have attended this reception where heavy hors d’oeuvres consist of chocolate-chip cookies and peanut butter-filled pretzels and the artwork on display reflects, accurately, the exuberance of youth.
Sunday, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., the Washington Civic Center gallery will be filled with works from across Beaufort County, from students in all public schools, a few private ones and even some home-schooled artists, for the Beaufort County Arts Council’s annual Student Art Show.
“This is a real opportunity for young artists to have the experience of seeing their work in an exhibition, and we try to make it memorable and professional all the while encouraging their efforts to continue making art,” said Joey Toler, BCAC’s executive director. “The show also introduces a whole new audience to the Arts Council and the services we provide our community.”
The SAS is a little different from the average juried art show, explained Toler. Twelve works from each grade are selected for the show by an anonymous juror — one who has no ties to any Beaufort County school. While artists from kindergarten through eighth grade are awarded merit ribbons for their accomplishment, the artwork of high school students is placed: first, second and third place for each grade, as well as honorable mentions.
First South Bank also awards a $100 cash prize to an outstanding work by a senior, in addition to sponsoring the show.
“First South’s involvement is vital to the show’s success because it helps us present a quality exhibit for these young artists—and for the public too,” Toler said.
The Student Art Show will be on exhibit from Sunday until May 2. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday’s reception is open to the public.
For more information, call BCAC at 252-946-2504 or visit beaufortcountyartscouncil.org.