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Ice House warms up with student art from county schools

March 27, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Imagination, inspiration and good art teachers produced a gallery filled with youth artwork at the ninth annual Morgan County Student Art Exhibit.

More than 200 people attended Friday night's exhibit opening at the Ice House Gallery to see the artwork represented by all Morgan County schools and home-schooled students from preschool through 12th grade.

Hundreds of pieces were on display, from ceramics to two- and three-dimensional art, and the gala opening included musical and poetry performances by Morgan County students.

Amanda Gray, a Berkeley Springs High School senior, said several of her works were two-textured using tissue paper, mirror, glass, glue and metal.

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"I don't believe in throwing something away," she said. "Nothing is trash. I will find a use for it."

Gray likes to label some of her pieces. One is an eye with a huge tear made from glue and has the word "Sad" placed on it made from metal.

"I work with a lot of words," she said.

Gray said she was self-taught before entering Pam Didawick's art class in ninth grade at Berkeley Springs High School. Didawick inspired her, she said.

"She showed me the techniques to allow me to put my art in perspective," Gray said.

Gray will attend Shepherd University this fall, where she will major in art education.

"Someone should have hope, and I try to have that in my pieces," Gray said.

Sandra Earls, a former art teacher, organized the event.

"March is National Youth Art Month, and we held the first couple of exhibits at Widmyer Elementary School," Earls said.

"There was no gallery space available until the Morgan Arts Council created this event," she said. "This setting gives the students a professional venue to display their work, and allows the art teachers to see the other schools' works."

"These are the artists of tomorrow," said Wendy Wells, executive director of the arts council. "Albert Einstein once said, 'Imagination is more important than knowledge,' and the artwork you see tonight is the imagination gone wild."

The exhibit will continue through April 16 and can be viewed every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.




If you go



What: Ninth annual Morgan County Student Art Exhibit

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 16

Where: Ice House Gallery, corner of Independence and Mercer streets, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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