Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, which showcases artworks by 9th through 12th-grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro and Rushford-Peterson High Schools.

According to a release from Lanesboro Arts, the show opens up with a reception on Saturday, January 11th from 5-7 pm, which is an opportunity for the community to meet and ask questions of students artists and teachers from these schools. The show runs through January 26th 2020, and is free and open to the public, with gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm in January. The show features a variety of art projects, including those in ceramics, acrylics, pastels, ink, pencil, and mixed media sculpture.

The students’ artistic processes and interests drive the exhibit content, making every year a fresh and inspired show. As Lanesboro art teacher Stena Lieb says, “My students are so very different from year to year. My curriculum changes with my students and we have worked together to create some very interesting works of art.” For example, Lieb shared that “My Printmaking and Fiber Arts classes have found that they like to use the sewing machines, so we have changed some of our projects based on the interest in that skill. I want my students to be excited about art, so I let that guide where we go in our classes. I feel that this gives them more ownership of their work and a drive to do their best.”

Photo From Lanesboro Arts - Midnight Ocotber By Elizabeth Liew of Fillmore Central
Photo From Lanesboro Arts - Midnight October By Elizabeth Liew of Fillmore Central

Rushford-Peterson visual arts teacher Samantha Cunningham echoes the quality of the students’ work by saying, “I’m so excited each year to share the art of the Rushford students. They are talented and enthusiastic about art. No matter the challenge they seem to creatively knock the objective out of the ball park.”

Students get to showcase their work in a professional setting and gain experience and feedback from community members and fellow students. As Fillmore Central art teacher Carrie Mathison says, “I look forward to the student show each year as it is a great opportunity for students to gain feedback and showcase artwork outside of the school setting, which is rare! Lanesboro Arts provides an amazing professional atmosphere for these students. The show opening is a new experience for most students and really opens up new opportunities and culture for the students.”

Photo From Lanesboro Arts - Fall Stream by Malia Tessum of Lanesboro
Photo From Lanesboro Arts - Fall Stream by Malia Tessum of Lanesboro

The opportunity to exhibit work in a professional gallery is a memorable one for the students. “It's so exciting for them to be in a real gallery show, go to a professional opening, and hear all the wonderful feedback from gallery staff, other teachers, and community members. You can see when they first find their piece on the wall, they are truly proud of their artwork and creation,” shares Chatfield art instructor Abbey Potter.

According to Gallery Director Robbie Brokken, “The Art Show gives area students an opportunity to reveal a part of themselves to the public and each other through their art. Attendance and support of area families has been overwhelming and helps share our commitment to the community.”

Photo fro Lanesboro Arts - Evanescence by Zara Wilkemeyer of Fillmore Central
Photo from Lanesboro Arts - Evanescence by Zara Wilkemeyer of Fillmore Central

Participating Fillmore Central student Zara Wilkemeyer has a piece called “Evanescence” in the show. The experience is a significant opportunity for her, as she describes: “Evanescence: To be forgotten, to merely disappear, means you were not truly known. It is because of this topic that makes me so humbled and honored to have the chance to be in the Lanesboro Arts Show. This is an honor that will forever be with me as my art career, or so I hope, soars. I shall not forget as it shall forever be with me and for that I am eternally grateful for this experience.”

Students gain inspiration from their fellow student’s work as well. Again, Potter shares, “For as much excitement as students have to be in the show, they have just as much excitement to see what others have created. I spend a good chunk of the opening reception walking around with my students discussing artwork from other schools. They always want to know how another student did this or that, discuss what they enjoy about the piece, and how they would approach the project. I love seeing their artistic minds explore other students work and they often draw inspiration from what they see at this show.”

Mathison echoes this sentiment, saying “The show offers great inspiration for students from other students outside their building and a high level.”

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