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Students art gets a shot in exhibit at Ice House Gallery

March 14, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - More than 200 works of art produced by Morgan County public and home-schooled students are on display at the Ice House Gallery. Every school in the county is represented, said Sandra Earls, Morgan Arts Council event organizer.

The Youth Art Month exhibit opened Friday night with a concert beginning with music performed by Berkeley Springs High School band members and singing by the high school's advanced vocal ensemble. The theater was full, with people standing in the aisles.

Ice House Administrator J.W. Rone said "art promotes creativity," and said he wanted to "recognize the wonderful work" of all the art teachers in the schools.

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This is the eighth year youth art is being exhibited, said Earls, who taught art for 11 years at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and is a former art teacher at Berkeley Springs High School.

This year's exhibit features the work of three Berkeley Springs High School advanced art seniors. The three have been accepted to West Virginia colleges to continue their studies, Earls said.

Daniel Stotler plans to attend Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and get a degree in art education. He said he likes to paint landscapes and homes and wants to teach art in high school.

Megan Laurine wants to major in art education and teach grades five through 12. Her favorite medium is charcoal because it "flows very well," she said. She said she has been accepted to attend Fairmont (W.Va.) University.

Brianne "Yanna" Grigsby said she was inspired by the Louvre's sculpture section in Paris. Her sculptures are featured in front of her wall art. She said she uses many mediums, and one piece consists of watercolors, silver foil, tissue paper and marker.

"We are so incredibly proud," said Grigsby's mother, Lani Grigsby.

Sixth-grade home-schooled student Robbie Mann had his gourd art displayed along with gourd art by other home-schooled students. Mann's mother, Pam Mann, said "This is good for Robbie to expand his horizons." She said her son also plays the violin and is interested in science.

The Youth Art Show is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 17. The Ice House Gallery is on Independence and Mercer streets in Berkeley Springs.

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