Students from two upcounty schools recently found out what it’s like to exhibit their art at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.
“Hopefully, [the students] learned about being an artist and what it takes to put up an exhibit like this,” local artist Jaree Donnelly said in a news release. “I think they learned that it takes a little bit more than [they] thought.”
Called “Converging,” the exhibit runs through Thursday.
The project is a collaboration between BlackRock, the Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences in Dickerson and the Excel Beyond the Bell program at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown.
A total of 21 students participated, each submitting three of their best works.
The Barnesville eighth-graders spent an afternoon getting their pieces ready for the show, attaching screws and wires to the frames, deciding where the pieces would go and then hanging them.
Working with them were gallery director Ann Burton, Barnesville art teacher Mary Waldhorn and Donnelly.
The organizers awarded prizes based on technique, creativity and composition at the opening reception March 18.
Best Technique went to Ben Gherman of Barnesville for “Music”; Most Creative went to Rosetta Johnson of Clemente for “Traveling Love”; and Most Complex Composition went to Anna Morrison of Barnesville for “The Desolate Lighthouse Island.”
Best in Show went to Adora Egwudobi of Barnesville for “Habits.”
Honorable mentions went to Barnesville’s Madelyn Amick for “A Lonely Corner,” Joy Reeves for “Half Alive” and Chris Terp for “The Resting Lemons”; and Nadjah Cherubet of Clemente for “Dream.”
“Artists are usually people who work by themselves and don’t really get a lot of accolades,” Waldhorn said in the release. “This has been incredibly nice for the students.”