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News Education Budding artists display work in second annual student art exhibit

Courtney Weeks, a second grader at Cartoogechaye School, proudly points to her artwork.All 13 public schools in Macon County came together to present the second annual student art exhibit, “Keep Your Eye on the Arts,” May 29 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

About 350 students, K-12 grades, participated in the exhibit and the simultaneous “Empty Bowls” project on the sidewalk of the Fun Factory. Each student who had their art displayed received a medal.

Naomi Albee, organizer of the art exhibit, said that the event “was all about the kids. Art is a form of visual communication where kids can express themselves visually, so it is a form of self-expression that does not usually get enough attention.”

Albee said that the exhibit was for the community to recognize the kids and their ability and to “showcase the student’s artistic achievements.”

Impressive snow scene by Makayla Howard, a sixth grader from Nantahala School. Photos by Kimberly PruettBoth students and parents seemed very proud of the work. Drawings, paintings and collages adorned the walls, and pottery was displayed. Albee observed that the “kids are still walking around with their medals and beaming.”

Albee was pleased with the overall event turnout. About 500 people came out to view the exhibit. “Next year we are hoping it will be even bigger and can include more stuff,” she said.Pottery vases created by Amy Solesbee, a sophomore at Nantahala School.

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