The 11th annual Young Artists Exhibit featuring artwork of approximately 600 Northeast Michigan students opens Thursday at Art in the Loft. This free exhibit, which runs through April 28, is open to the public.
Two special receptions have been planned for the young artists, their families and friends in the 7,000 square foot gallery located on the third floor of the Center Building at 109 N. Second in downtown Alpena.
The first reception is April 13 from 6-8 p.m. for students from the following schools: Besser, Hinks, Wilson, Ella White, Lincoln, Sanborn, Immanuel Lutheran, Bingham Arts Academy, All Saints and COACH.
The second reception is April 27 from 6-8 p.m. for students from Thunder Bay Junior High, Alpena High School, ACES Academy, Summit Academy, Rogers City Elementary, St. Ignatius, St. John Lutheran, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Onaway, Posen, Atlanta and Alcona Schools.
The public is welcome to attend both receptions and enjoy snacks, beverages and live music.
In addition to the gallery exhibit, many local artists, art instructors and business owners are donating their time to conduct a diverse array of art workshops on Saturdays, April 14, 21 and 28. Workshops include drawing, painting, poetry, jewelry making, photography, music and dance, origami, tile mosaic, sign making, crocheting and even edible culinary art.
Art in the Loft Young Artists
- April 13, 6-8 p.m.
Students in Besser, Hinks, Wilson, Ella White, Lincoln, Sanborn, Immanuel Lutheran, Bingham Arts Academy, All Saints and COACH
- April 27, 6-8 p.m.
Students in Thunder Bay Junior High, Alpena High School, ACES Academy, Summit Academy, Rogers City Elementary, St. Ignatius, St. John Lutheran, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Onaway, Posen, Atlanta and Alcona Schools
The workshops are available to children ages 4 and up. Cost is $10 per student or $9 for members (supplies included). Early registration is recommended and appreciated. A full schedule of classes is available online at www.artintheloft.org.
Education Coordinator Sarah Altman praised the collaborative effort of the region's schools and teachers with Art in the Loft in making the exhibit possible.
"The Young Artists Exhibit is a great way to highlight the talent in our region and the fantastic artwork that is being created by students in the schools," Altman said. "Students gain confidence and pride in their work when they see it displayed in the gallery."
Gallery Coordinator Liz Smigelski noted that the students and families can participate in a wide variety of Saturday workshops during this exhibit.
"Art in the Loft provides opportunities for continued involvement in the arts for all ages through a selection of workshops and programs offered throughout the year," Smigelski said.
She said these opportunities are only possible through the contributions of the sponsors and members who support the programming at Art in the Loft.
"We are kicking off our membership campaign for 2012, which focuses on youth and family involvement in the arts," Smigelski said. "We hope everyone will stop in to visit this incredible artwork and join us for one of the receptions, or volunteer to help during the exhibit. It's a great way for members and sponsors to see how their support really makes a difference in our region."
Significant support for the Young Artists Exhibit is provided by underwriting sponsor, PNC Bank. Additional support comes from Pepsi and Tomala, LLC.
Committee members include: Kristin Berles and Jane Speer (co-chair), Jean Thomas, Sarah Altman, Sue Fitzpatrick, Karen Bennett, Doug Nehring, Nan Katzenberger, Liz Smigelski and Meaghan Black.
The gallery will be open during the exhibit Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 356-4877.