Annual student art exhibit returns with stained glass, ceramics, charcoal, paintings and more – The Globe

WORTHINGTON — After COVID-19 prompted a virtual exhibit last year, the annual student art exhibit has returned to a real space, featuring more than 100 pieces by dozens of student artists from Worthington High School and Learning Center at the Nobles County Art Center.

The student art exhibit has been a longstanding tradition for Worthington students, and they and the teachers have been working on the exhibit for the past year, mating and framing the work, labeling and framing it. , said Gail Holinka, professor of art WHS.

“It will be so much fun to come back to the gallery,” she said.

Some works will be on sale and prices will be available at the show.

The art on display will be just as varied as the students who produced it, with a huge range of mediums represented – oil pastels, ceramics, watercolours, stained glass, photographs, digital art, graphite charcoal, acrylics and even some unusual materials such as egg tempera, which uses a pigment with an egg yolk as a binder.

“A lot of kids have never had the opportunity to visit an art gallery,” Holinka said, and when they exhibit their own work in a gallery, it lets them see that their work is pretty cool. Having the show at the Art Center is another way to let people know that Nobles County has its own Art Center.

Emma Singler, who is senior this year, brings “Splish Splash”, a stained glass image of an orca that she initially disliked when it was made. Then she held it up to the light, and with beams shining through the translucent blue bubbles, the colors burst and the piece came alive.

“I took ceramics, painting, drawing, and I have to say stained glass is probably my favorite art form,” Singler said.

“Splish Splash” was a difficult piece, with many sharp and difficult angles, and it took Singler about five days to create. She was inspired by her love of swimming and sea animals. As she plans to go into mechanical engineering, she hopes to continue making art on the side and may even sell her work online to help fund her college education.

Senior Kacey Vicente Morales prefers to work in acrylic paint, which allows her to take more time and gives her work a smooth look with lots of detail. One of his pieces for the show is “The Joker and the Batman,” featuring the iconic comic book adversaries, each with only half of their face visible. She also brings “The Subway”, “Shock” and another track which she calls “Question”, although she can choose a different title.

Many of Vicente Morales’ paintings are inspired by the music she hears, and she creates a story out of it that is told through the artwork. For her, this process is spontaneous.

“My job is basically to perform, so (viewers) can see what they want to see,” she said.

Beyond learning the mechanics of painting on canvas, Vicente Morales learned patience from his art lessons and to trust the process.

Destiny Scroggs, also a senior, sometimes paints but also uses a lot of charcoal, graphite and colored pencils. Charcoal allows her to create sharp contrasts of light and dark on the page, and she can also cover more paper in less time.

“I draw people – mostly faces,” Scroggs said. “It comes naturally to me, drawing different expressions. It’s therapeutic, I guess.

Scroggs has been drawing since she was very young. Most of the people she draws are not people she knows in real life and she often uses photographs as references. The portraits are not always of a single face, but also include a number of other elements, such as flowers or “strange things here and there”, she added.

Showing student work at the gallery helps give young people more meaning, said WHS art teacher Jenn Christensen.

“It gives them the opportunity to have their voices heard,” she added, noting that art is a universal language, and can offer students who don’t speak English a chance to express themselves in a different way or allow students to develop empathy. one for the other.

“We see them as young artists,” Holinka said.

The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday and the exhibit will be on view through March 30 at the Art Center, located in the basement of the Worthington Branch of the Nobles County Library.

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