Jeffco schools talent shines

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Jeffco middle school students and teachers have the chance to show off their artistic talents at the annual Jefferson Foundation Middle School Art Exhibit and the Ninth Annual Jeffco Juried Teachers Exhibit.

Both shows are on display at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, and Civic Center, 480 S. Allison Parkway, through May 5.

There is a free artist reception for both exhibits from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the galleries.

“We have had the middle school exhibit here for more than 10 years,” said arts curator Lorene Joos. “It’s one of the exhibits our city employees really look forward to.”

The Jefferson Foundation Middle School Art Exhibit is a juried show that fills up the Cultural Center’s North and Mezzanine galleries. There are all kinds of styles and works on display and Joos said that a common question staff hears from visitors is “are those really middle school students?”

“Throughout the time the exhibit is on display we see dads coming in to see their children’s work, and grandparents visiting as well,” she said. “It’s also great to see the students show up for the artist reception.”

Joos said one of the best things about art education for students is that it helps students to think creatively. She said in art there are no right answers, and the exhibit shows that because visitors will see how many variations there are on the same assignment.

The Ninth Annual Jeffco Juried Teachers Exhibit is on display at the Civic Center’s James J. Richey gallery.

It’s not just for art teachers, but any who wants to contribute a piece for consideration.

The exhibit features works in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, collage and mixed media.

“We get a lot of the teacher’s students and former students stop by to see the work they do,” Joos said.

This year’s exhibit is sponsored by the Heritage, Culture and the Arts (HCA) Alliance for the first time. Part of that sponsorship means there will be prizes handed out, including an $1,000 winning prize.

According to Debbie Koop, the president of the HCA Alliance, the organization wanted to sponsor the event to acknowledge all the work that teachers do.

“This is the first time we’re giving money for prizes, but we really like to support the art community in Lakewood because they do such wonderful things,” Koop said. “We really wanted to support the schools as well, especially the teachers who work so hard.”

For more information on the exhibit, contact Joos at lorjoo@lakewood.org or visit www.lakewood.org.

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