Students' artwork on display
Artwork across all sorts of mediums will be on display at the Arts & Heritage Center. Best of all, it will all be the work of local students the annual Student Art Show is set to take over the center on Friday.
“The art teachers are invited to bring 50 to 75 pieces of artwork per school,” said Lauren Virgo, the center’s executive director. “Awards are given based on three age categories elementary, middle and high school.”
Competing at the elementary level are North Augusta, Hammond Hill, Mossy Creek and Belvedere Elementary Schools. Paul Knox and North Augusta middle schools make up the middle division, with North Augusta High School bringing in the high school students. Our Lady of Peace also has participated in a number of the shows.
The event started in conjunction with North Augusta Idol nine years ago. It was formerly held at the North Augusta High School auditorium and gymnasium on the same night as N.A. Idol. This led to some overworked teachers who would have to put up and take down the works on the same day.
“Lauren and the Arts & Heritage Center have graciously agreed to host the art show the past three years,” said Lisa Shull, a board member at the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council. “The NACAC starts preparing for the show in October. We only started having a reception with an awards ceremony three years ago when we started holding it at the Arts & Heritage Center. We wanted the students to have the full experience of what an artists’ show is like.”
The reception has proven to be quite popular with more than 400 people attending each year since its inception. The artwork is judged and monetary awards are given for the first place winners in each division, as well as Best of Show. The Best of Show winner nets $100 and the high school, middle school and elementary school winners receive $75, $50 and $25 respectively.
Last year’s winner was Caroline Kalayjian of North Augusta High School. The previous two years were won by Kelly Cercy, also of North Augusta High.
The reception, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Admission to see the display afterward is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free to those who are 5 years old or younger. For more information, call the Arts & Heritage Center at 803-441-4380.
Scott Rodgers is a reporter at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Student Art Show
WHERE: Arts & Heritage Center
WHEN: Friday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the Arts & Heritage Center at 803-441-4380