Student art show begins Saturday at Foxburg gallery

An Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School student art exhibit will open Saturday with a students artists reception.

FOXBURG – An Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School student art exhibit will open Saturday with a students artists reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Red Brick Gallery, 17 Main Street, Foxburg. The exhibit will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts.

“It makes me very happy to have a local organization such as ARCA helping to support our educational system. Opportunities like the Red Brick Gallery provide our students with learning opportunities that extend past the classroom and into the community,” David McDeavitt, A-C Valley School District superintendent, said. ” One of our goals at A-C Valley is to develop our students into productive members of society and this program does just that.”

Artwork by more than 85 students of A-C Valley High School art instructor, Anita Allen, will be shown in the exhibition space on the second floor of the Red Brick Gallery. The exhibit will showcase their achievements in three-dimensional art ceramics and pottery – as well as watercolors, acrylic, charcoal, and pastels.

“Students have been working on their art for this exhibit throughout the year,” said Allen. “It’s amazing to witness their creative process in the various media in which they have worked. I am grateful that ARCA is exhibiting their art in the Red Brick Gallery again this spring. It’s important for the students to see their artwork displayed publicly. Our community, without a doubt, will get a true idea of the artistic skills our kids have when they see the quality and creativity of this exhibit.”

This is the second exhibit of A-C Valley student art at the gallery. Last year, more than 100 artworks inspired by the dance were exhibited as the conclusion of ARCA’s Spring Educational ArtReach program, Dancing off the Canvas.

“As many will recall, the gallery opened its 2015 season for the first time with an A-C Valley student exhibit. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was phenomenal. The work was vibrant and explosive,” Red Brick artistic director Donna Edmonds said.

“And many people in the community were introduced to the Red Brick Gallery by the lure of viewing the art of a student known to them. We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to drop by to support the students. It’s a great experience that leaves everyone with a sense of awe for the freshness and talent of these young artists,” she said.

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