“Artists of the Future” celebrated at Gibson Gallery

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Students from both St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School and General Amherst High School saw an exhibit of their work conclude Sunday at the Gibson Gallery.

A closing reception was held in which parents and family of the students got a chance to come out and enjoy the works of art. The art was in many mediums, from scratch art and paintings to drawings and mixed media and even included a dress fashioned out of toilet paper.

St. Thomas of Villanova student Riley Brown stands with his painting. It was part of the "Artists of the Future" exhibit at the Gibson Gallery.

St. Thomas of Villanova student Riley Brown stands with his painting. It was part of the “Artists of the Future” exhibit at the Gibson Gallery.

Andrea Craig-Wammes, art teacher at General Amherst, said it was an exciting exhibit for her as she is in her first year as art teacher at Amherst. She said the amount of contributions from Amherst students expanded this year.

“The kids worked really hard to get the presentation ready,” said Craig-Wammes. “This is a collection of work from the first semester and the beginning of second semester.”

The work was in a variety of mediums and included students from Grades 9-12.

Villanova art teacher Lisa Bastien noted there were similar themes among her students but the styles differed. She said Villanova has a large art program and that a lot of the work exhibited featured original imagery.

A dress fashioned entirely of toilet paper created by General Amherst student Ashley Matlock was part of the "Artists of the Future" exhibit.

A dress fashioned entirely of toilet paper created by General Amherst student Ashley Matlock was part of the “Artists of the Future” exhibit.

“The kids are encouraged to make mistakes and not be too precious with their work,” said Bastien.

The next exhibit at the Gibson Gallery is “A Stitch of Life by the Gibson Girls.” That runs from April 17-May 15. The gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and can be reached at 519-736-2826 or at www.gibsonartgallery.com. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

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