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Limestone students’ artwork on display at county adminstration building

Pictured (left to right) are Cherokee County Auditor Ryan Thomas, Limestone Professor Brett Scheming and Limestone students Mike Walters, Ray Rapaglia and Lily Bird. The exhibit will be on display throughout the winter and spring. Selected works on display are also for sale by the respective artists.

Pictured (left to right) are Cherokee County Auditor Ryan Thomas, Limestone Professor Brett Scheming and Limestone students Mike Walters, Ray Rapaglia and Lily Bird. The exhibit will be on display throughout the winter and spring. Selected works on display are also for sale by the respective artists.

In a first for Limestone and the county, nine students from the University’s Honors College currently have their artwork displayed in the auditor’s office at the Cherokee County Administration Building.

This exhibit is open to the public and will be on display throughout the winter and into the spring. The auditor’s office hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Selected works on display are also for sale by the respective artists.

The idea for this unofficial gallery came from Ryan Thomas, the Cherokee County Auditor, who then collaborated with Limestone professor Brett Schenning to find students who would want to display their work.

Thomas, a Limestone alum who has given to the athletics department and marketing program in the past, said he wanted to do something for the artists at Limestone as well.

“People around this area don’t realize what all Limestone has going on, so I’ve been trying to be the bridge because there’s a lot happening right now in your own backyard,” Thomas said. “I love to give back to the school that has given me so much. I enjoy participating in anything that Limestone does. If there is anything that I can do to help Limestone, especially its students, I will do it.”

Thomas said that the public has been excited about the artwork, with his office receiving a lot of positive feedback. What once were just bare walls in a rather unexciting government building now have a lot more color. He also hopes it initiates conversations about the various events and activities Limestone’s art program has been doing on campus for the community, such as last December’s “Makers and Mentors” juried art show, which featured the works of local artists from elementary schools all the way up to the graduate school level.

The exhibit in the auditor’s office is the culmination of a semester long project for the students’ “Bookmaking and Printmaking” course and features a single large-framed image from each student’s work created during the term. The exhibit is meant to function as a complement to the book object they created for the class, which was a unique exploration of a theme that each student researched throughout the semester.

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