Students from Boardman Center, Boardman Glenwood, Boardman High School and St. Charles School were invited to an artist's reception at the Boardman Library on Thursday, March 8. The students had work selected to take part in the library's annual art show.
"It's the 11th year for the show," said Boardman librarian Andrea Przybylski. "We invite Boardman area schools to submit work from students in the seventh grade through seniors in high school. It's a way for our library to reach out to the community."
She said the show also gives library patrons a chance to view the talented work of Boardman students.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
St. Charles eighth-grader Natalie Colwell is joined by her parents Alice and Kelly Colwell as they view the art during an artist’s reception at the Boardman Library on March 8.
The show is not a contest. It is merely a chance to display talent. The show will run through Friday, March 16. After that date, the art will come down and a new show featuring kindergarten through sixth grades will be displayed. Those pieces will remain until March 22. The show is free and open during regular library hours.
Helping arrange the show was Boardman Center Middle School art teacher Lori Szoke. She said the show has been a bigger success in March than it previously was.
"It used to be held in October," she said. "A few years ago we moved it to March. We felt spring was a better time to showcase what students have been working on during the year."
She said it also goes well in March, which is National Youth Art Month.
This week's show features roughly 100 individual pieces. Each art teacher in the four school buildings selects at least 12 pieces that stand out or are exceptional. The pieces are sent to the library and set up in an art gallery near the computer stations.
On the show's opening night, cookies and juice are served to student artists and their families during an artist's reception. It gives the students a real sense of pride knowing their work will be seen by the hundreds of library patrons who frequent the Boardman Library each week.