Tea set by Putney School student

Tea Set by
Akira Tao '10,
The Putney School

Painting by Ryan Burch, BUHS

Painting by
Ryan Burch, BUHS

Painting by Emily Bourne, BUHS

Painting by
Emily Bourne, BUHS

Student Art Month 2009 Is Rich in Talent

Painting by Clara Daims, BUHS

Painting by
Clara Daims, BUHS

Brattleboro is living up to its reputation as one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in the United States with student art shows scheduled for February, March, and April at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden and throughout Windham County. Student Art Month in March features a High School 2-D Art Show at the River Garden and a 3-D Show at Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2. There is an exhibit of elementary school art at Brooks Memorial Library as well as displays in storefronts and businesses along Main Street in Brattleboro and throughout Windham County.

Student Art Month, a national celebration of student art, follows on the heels of the Art Fits Vermont show at the River Garden. This statewide project, sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council, brought together displays of "puzzle pieces" made by students from several area schools that were on exhibit during February. In April, art by children up to age 8 will be featured at the River Garden for the 3rd year by local sponsors of the Month of the Young Child.

The diversity of expression and depth of talent demonstrated in these exhibitions of art by children from their earliest days through high school is testament to the importance of art education in our schools. Research indicates that art not only encourages and develops creativity in young people, it also helps them to live richer, more productive lives as adults.

Sculpture by Arthur Smith, BUHS

Sculpture by
Arthur Smith '09, BUHS

The Arts Council of Windham County is proud to be producing Student Art Month for the 29th consecutive year in Windham County. The exhibit of elementary school artists at Brooks Memorial Library this March features works from 17 area schools. The High School Art show, at two locations this year, features works from eight public and private high schools: Bellows Falls Union High School, Brattleboro Union High School, The Compass School, In-Sight Photography Project, Leland & Gray Union High School, The Putney School, Vermont Academy, and Twin Valley High School.

An opening reception for 2-D works at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, is scheduled for Friday, March 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 during Gallery Walk. An opening reception for 3-D works and a 7:30 presentation for this year's High School Art Awards are at Vermont Artisan Designs/Gallery 2, 106 Main Street.

The shows, which run from March 6 to 31, are a major opportunity for students to present their work to the community and for viewers to enjoy the works produced by the different schools in the area. Grants from Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association and Clear Solutions support Student Art Month and provide funds for Best in Show awards in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, watercolor, weaving, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Corporate support is provided by Zephyr Designs.

For further information, please contact SAM 2009 coordinator Marie Procter at (802) 254-2115 or mlp69@comcast.net.

Copyright 2009, Gallery Walk, Brattleboro, Vermont

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