Sunday, March 7, 2010

National Youth Art Month

March Show - March 6 through March 21, 2010
April Show – April 2 through April 18, 2010
May Show – April 30 through May 16, 2010

On Friday, March 5, 2010, the Art Outreach Gallery at the Eastwood Mall in Niles, Ohio, will kick off National Youth Art Month with the Art Outreach Gallery’s 4th Annual School Art Exhibition featuring artwork by local kindergarten through 12th grade students. The entire gallery will feature students’ artwork from Girard School District, Niles School District, Youngstown East High School, Canfield High School, Austintown Watson and Woodside Elementary Schools. This is the first of three consecutive arts shows; each show three weekends in length exhibiting student’s artwork. The first show is from March 5 through March 21, 2010.

Below is the schedule of events during the show:
Friday, March 5 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm – Austintown Watson and Woodside Elementary School Art Reception

Sunday, March 7 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm - Canfield High School Art Reception featuring cool acoustic music by Spencer Saylor, Anthony Kunovic and Jacob Hille, students from Canfield High School Band

Friday, March 19 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm – Niles School District Creative Arts Reception with music by the 8th grade band students, Niles High School Jazz Ensemble and high school student solo performances. Niles McKinley High School will hold a Junior and Senior Classes fundraiser.

Saturday, March 20 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm - Local High School Open Poetry Slam hosted by Niles McKinley High School. Niles McKinley High School will hold a Junior and Senior Classes fundraiser.

All receptions and performances are free and open to the public.

The following art teachers are exhibiting their student’s artwork: Claudia Freeze from Washington Elementary, Lauren Peck from Niles Lincoln, Bonham and Jackson Elementary, Jon Elliott from Niles Middle, Patti Tricomi from Niles Middle, Laurie DeLucia from Niles High, Carol Rastaedt from Prospect Elementary and Girard Intermediate, Jean Rhoads from Prospect Elementary, Girard Intermediate and Girard Junior High, Jamie Williams from Girard High, Jenny Houston from Austintown Watson and Woodside Elementary, Kate Bernard from Canfield High, Kevin Hoopes from Canfield High and Lynne Rosati from Youngstown East High.

The teachers are the creators of the shows. They volunteer their time to inventory, hang, and label, plan the opening receptions and pick up the students artwork. The teachers also Gallery Sit during hours of operation. If the students want to sell their artwork, the teachers are the contact person for the sales to occur. The Art Outreach Gallery board of directors thanks the teachers for their commitment and dedication of the creative development in the youth of today and community of tomorrow.

This special showcase of student artwork is made possible by the partnership between the art teachers, school administrators from the participating schools, the Art Outreach Gallery and the Eastwood Mall Complex. The Art Outreach Gallery is an art appreciation initiative and community development project. Living in a “knowledge based economy” it is more important than ever to bring creativity out of everyone, and especially our children. Exposure to the arts in a public venue such as the mall provides an opportunity to experience a wide range of creative local talents and creates interest in the arts for the young.

The gallery is located across from Kitchen Collection, along the concourse between Macy’s and Sear’s. Gallery hours are Friday 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm to 9:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The gallery is free and open to the public.

If you would like to participate in helping assist with gallery sitting, or
provide other volunteer services, please contact Gail Stark at 330.394.3384. The gallery operates through volunteer assistance; please consider sharing some of your time. The Gallery is responsible for keeping the lights on in the Gallery in addition to funding all programs; please consider making a donation to the Art Outreach Gallery. Mail your donation to Art Outreach Gallery, PO Box 1343, Warren, Ohio 44482. Thank you for your support in this amazing community development initiative.