Painting of birches by Gracie

Painting of birches by Gracie, 7th grader at Twin Valley Middle School, Whitingham

Undersea scene by Fiona

Undersea scene by Fiona, 8th grader at Twin Valley Middle School

Photo of boy with swirl by Eliya Petrie

Photo by Eliya Petrie, 10th grader at Brattleboro Union High School

ACWC's 38th Student Art Month in March

The Arts Council of Windham County (ACWC) is celebrating 38 years of Student Art Month, which takes place annually during March. Over nearly four decades, the council has celebrated blossoming young artists while recognizing the teachers and school infrastructures that help these students to flourish. ACWC has partnered with venues, schools, and teachers to arrange activities featuring creative work by young artists from throughout the county.

Ceramics by Mei Mei Tian and Qinuo Wei of The Putney School

Ceramics by Mei Mei Tian and Qinou Wei of The Putney School

Art by elementary and middle-school students is displayed at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main St., Brattleboro) and in a number of downtown storefronts. Between eight and ten county high schools also participate in Student Art Month—approximately three hundred pieces of art are entered in the high school exhibit alone! Festivities traditionally begin with the opening of a High School Art Show during the March Gallery Walk. This year's 2D works, including photography, will be exhibited in The Gallery at The River Garden (157 Main St.), and 3D works will be shown at Gallery 2 upstairs at Vermont Artisan Designs (106 Main St.).

Photo of tools by Ruchan Karagoz

Photo by Ruchan Karagoz, 10th grader at BUHS

Opening receptions for these two high school shows begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, during the townwide Gallery Walk. Once again, the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces in a "People's Choice Awards" campaign that continues throughout the month. This year's winners will be interviewed for a television spot on "Art Story," the Arts Council's BCTV show featuring local artists.

The Arts Council of Windham County works to strengthen the environment for artists and arts organizations in Windham County by acting as a resource hub for artists while connecting people with the culture of Southeastern Vermont. The ACWC is currently looking for new Trustees to fill various board roles. Please email ACWC president Marsha Bard at if you would like to explore joining the board or becoming a volunteer.

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