2005-11-21 / Local News

Art work on display in downtown gallery

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

Becky Burns, Natalie Southgate, Kelsey Hall, Nelson Cunningham III, and Cody Trull are among many Cherokee County students whose artwork is currently on display at the Gallery 111 inside Birnie Street Marketplace in uptown Gaffney. Becky Burns, Natalie Southgate, Kelsey Hall, Nelson Cunningham III, and Cody Trull are among many Cherokee County students whose artwork is currently on display at the Gallery 111 inside Birnie Street Marketplace in uptown Gaffney. Gallery 111 inside Birnie Street Marketplace became a showcase Saturday for artwork by Cherokee County students in uptown Gaffney.

About 100 artworks from students in elementary through high school will be on display at the gallery through Dec. 10. Hundreds of parents and students viewed the art exhibit at a grand opening reception Saturday morning.

Student artwork in the exhibit ranges from dark landscape paintings of uptown Gaffney to pastel and pencil pieces.

Blacksburg Elementary student Alysa Parris displayed a painting she did in art teacher Karen Jones’ class. The wild color schemes appeared above an interesting introduction from Parris about her artwork.

“This is my rollercoaster line exercise. I call it love and death,” Parris wrote. “Artists need to know how to draw all kinds of lines. These lines are flame-like.”

Gallery 111 co-owners Laura Agapion and Glenda Hartzog contacted school district art coordinator Dollie Blanton a month ago about the possibility of displaying student art work. Blanton passed the invitation along to art teachers in all county schools, who selected five to 10 student artworks from each school to display in the gallery.

The art exhibit furthers a goal in the district’s 5-year strategic arts plan to promote school artwork in the community.

“We want to form more art partnerships in the community that will provide more public exposure of the arts for students,” Blanton said. “This art exhibit gives students a little taste of what they can expect if they major in art in college or pursue art as a professional career.”

College seniors often are required to prepare a series of their artwork for a senior art exhibit to complete their art studies. Professional artists hold similar exhibits upon the completion of major art projects so the public can view their work.

For Gallery 111 co-owners Laura Agapion and Glenda Hartzog, the art exhibit at their Birnie Street Marketplace as another way to promote arts in the community and help attract more visitors to Gaffney’s downtown area. The exhibit will be available for public viewing during the gallery’s normal business hours on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10-2 p.m.

“This is a cultural experience for the community,” Hartzog said. “We will have the student artwork on display until after the Christmas parade. We hope to hold similar events in the future.”

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