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Carroll County Times

Youth Art Month celebrates Carroll student artwork at multiple venues

Throughout the month of March, the artwork of elementary, middle and high school students in Carroll County will be on exhibit as part of the observance of Youth Art Month. The annual campaign to promote art education is sponsored nationally by the Council for Art Education.

Cristina Gruss, assistant supervisor of fine arts for Carroll County Public Schools, said it is a month to celebrate students in the arts. Part of the celebration is to display the work of students at multiple venues. Elementary and middle school artwork is on display at Carroll Arts Center in Westminster and the work of high school students is on exhibit at Carroll Community College in Westminster.

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At the Arts Center, the work of younger students from the southern region of the county is on display through Wednesday.

"It is a testimony that arts are alive and well in Carroll County," said Susan Williamson, visual arts coordinator at Carroll Arts. "It's a joyful, wonderful, celebration of creativity."

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Williamson said the art teachers are given a display space that measures about 8-by-7 feet, and they must choose from pieces of their students' work that fit into that space.

After the southern region student work comes down, art teachers from local private schools will put up their students' pieces for a March 11 exhibition. Northern region public school students already had their exhibition before the southern region went on display.

"It gives parents another opportunity to be involved," Williamson said. "It focuses on what our public and private schools are doing in the arts and on thee importance of art in each community."

The work of high school art students will be on display in the Langdon Family Gallery at Carroll Community College through March 20.

The high school show offers a variety of media and work levels, said Sharon Schaeffer, who teaches art at Winters Mill High School.

Winters Mill has more than 30 pieces in the exhibition, representing students in beginning through honors classes. They include photography, color pencil drawings, collage and other media.

"Some student work has turned out to be very strong," Schaeffer said.


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