Art exhibit opens featuring artwork from students

Art exhibit opens featuring artwork from students
March 17
00:00 2016
Photo by Tevin Stinson
Hundreds attended the opening night of Spring Extravaganza on Friday, March 11. The exhibit is designed to showcase the talent of students in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System.



Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and other family members filed into the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts last Friday evening for the opening of a special exhibit that features some of the best artwork from students in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System.

Spring Extravaganza is designed to showcase the talent within the elementary, middle and high schools in the area. The exhibit is filled with creations that are guaranteed to catch your eye. From hand painted underwater scenes, to cityscapes of downtown, and portraits of Santa Claus, the show has something for everyone.

Many students said they felt honored just to have their work displayed in a gallery like the professionals. Jayden Jones, a student at Meadowlark Elementary said when he got the news that his work was going to be displayed at the gallery, he was elated.

Jones mentioned what he likes most about art is that you have the freedom to think outside the box.

“There’s technically no rules when it comes to art,” said Jones. “Art is considered anything, and anyone can do it.”

WS/FCS Director of Arts and Education Brad Oliver mentioned every school in the district is represented in the exhibit. Oliver said the showcase wouldn’t be possible without the partnership with Modern Automotive.

During opening night, winners were announced for the different divisions as well.

Modern Automotive awarded Sawtooth School for Visual Arts scholarships valued at $250 for each winner, along with a family membership. Runners-up received student memberships to the Sawtooth School as well. Teachers of the three winners received certificates to purchase art supplies.

When he found out he won first place in the elementary school division Kadence Watson from Caleb’s Creek struggled to hold back a giant smile. Although he said he enjoys baseball more, Watson said after winning the award he will continue to create art as well.

“I was excited when I found out I won,” he said. This is a real honor.”

Youth coordinator at the Sawtooth School Nanette Davis congratulated all students, teachers and the WS/FCS Art Administration for their hard work.

“It takes a village,” she said. “Tonight is proof of how much hard work and dedication that goes in throughout the school year.”

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