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Student Art Show opens with reception Wednesday

Works of art by the smallest of hands, along with those who’ve grown into their talent, are on display at Arts of the Pamlico’s Turnage Theatre.

The Student Art Show opens Wednesday with a reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the theater. Featuring works from Beaufort County schools and students ranging in age from kindergarten to 12th grade, the show is a joyfully colorful exhibit filling all the gallery space available in the downtown Washington theater.

According to Thad Aley, events and exhibits coordinator for Arts of the Pamlico, 11 schools delivered the best of their students’ artwork for the exhibit. Both public and private schools are invited to participate.

“We actually leave it to the schools to jury in up to 30 students’ work. We wish we could have more, but we could potentially have 14 schools (participating),” Aley said.

COLORFUL ME: Washington High School junior Sydney Oneal painted this colorful portrait that hangs next to an intricately realistic still life pencil drawing of paint brushes in water.

Washington Montessori Public Charter School and Beaufort County Early College High School’s art club are first time exhibitors in the annual show that’s been held for nearly a decade.

Aley said the students’ work is truly impressive and diverse, from its construction-paper animals to highly skilled pencil drawings.

“There is a great amount of creativity, from the standard classroom projects they work on, to the amount of creativity teachers are allowing their students to have,” Aley said. “If they were for sale, I know I’d buy a couple of pieces.”

Wednesday night’s reception is open to students, teachers, guests and Arts of the Pamlico members. Arts of the Pamlico is located at 150 W. Main St., Washington. For more information, call 252-946-2504 or visit www.artsofthepamlico.org.

MIXED MEDIA: Southside High School junior Miasia McCall made this mixed media piece from paper materials, entitled “Don’t Touch My Hair.”