The ARTery Gallery is hosting its annual exhibit -- one of its high points of the year -- for the art students at Delaware Valley High School. From sweet or thoughtful expressions of their own interior worlds, to racy social commentary, the works are sure to excite gallery visitors, says Marie Liu, the exhibit coordinator.
This year's exhibit, "2020 Vision," will be on display for a month. The public is invited to meet the young artists and view their creations at a reception to be held on Saturday evening, March 14. The works include paintings, drawings, printmaking, collage, photography, computer graphics, hand-built pottery, jewelry, textiles, and sculpture.
The exhibit is being coordinated by the art teachers and members of the cooperative gallery. It gives students the opportunity to display and sell their work in a professional gallery setting. The gallery benefits by opening its space to new and exciting work by the next generation of creators. The community always comes out in force to support the young artists and discover their expressions of the world and themselves.
Understanding the creative process is valuable, no matter what one does in life, says Liu. Delaware Valley High School has a strong and varied arts program, which is becoming rarer these days in a lot of high schools, she says.
The students' works are featured in competitions and exhibits throughout the region, state, and country, receiving awards and accolades along the way. Many of the students continue their art studies at college, and even more will continue to use the arts to bring them joy and satisfaction throughout their lives.
"I've found the art teachers at DVHS to be so committed and enthusiastic about their mission, going far beyond their duties at school to provide this kind of experience for their students and really deserve our appreciation," said Liu.
The students remind of her own experiences as a young artist in college, "when you are grasping at ideas that express your new understanding of a confusing world, the work tends to be very personal, symbolic and raw. A student is learning about many new mediums and honing their skills but haven't yet fit themselves into a specific tract, which is why the work in this show is so exciting."
"When you are grasping at ideas that express your new understanding of a confusing world, the work tends to be very personal, symbolic and raw. A student is learning about many new mediums and honing their skills but haven't yet fit themselves into a specific tract, which is why the work in this show is so exciting." --Marie Liu