The Smith-Cotton Mid Year Art Show, featuring 272 two-and three-dimensional pieces, opened Wednesday at the Liberty Center Association for the Arts, 111 W. Fifth St., with an artist reception.
The show exhibits many charcoal and chalk drawings and combinations of the two, plus a variety of ceramic pieces. Charcoal drawing is a new art form for the students to dive into and they are producing phenomenal pieces.
“Yes that’s one of our newest big adds to the drawing curriculum,” said Michael Shukers S-C art teacher. “I’ve been pushing charcoal quite a bit, faster, bigger, more detail, better contrast.”
In some pieces students combined charcoal and colored chalk to give life-like color and depth to the work.
Shukers also emphasized large art, beginning with 18-by-24- and 16-by-20-inch drawings and moving upward to larger scale 20-by-30- and 30-by-40-inch art pieces.
S-C Junior Trey Husk said the show helps raise public awareness about student art and also helps bring in local professional artists to view the pieces.
“We have a lot of great artists that the public isn’t aware of,” he added.
Shukers agreed but expanded, “The objective is for the community to come and see the artwork, for the students to take their art work and put it into a public setting, I feel that’s a good experience for them. They get to see and be part of the matting process, the labeling, the setting up, the showing of it, being here and bringing people, in a lot of ways this benefits the student.”
Sophomore Hanna Schirlls created several self portraits with charcoal, including one with her friend Kayla Griffis.
“I’m in (Shukers’) portfolio class, normally for juniors and seniors,” she said. “But the second day of school he put me in it, when he saw how good I was.”
Three-dimensional work is well represented also with students in Joshua Heimsoth’s pottery class. Heimsoth said he believed this was one of the best shows overall.
“I think with Mike’s charcoal drawings, the last couple of years the shows have become really strong,” he said. “This is year No. 4 for me as the ceramics instructor, and I’m finally starting to get everything dialed in. I can tell my students are getting stronger. It’s definitely one of our stronger shows for sure.”
Shukers said the art and photography students will also have a show at the Katy Depot featuring art and photography calendars, on March 6.
“It will involve all of the calendar drawings that went into the Smith-Cotton art calendar and all the photography that went into the Smith-Cotton photography calendar,” he said.
The calendars will be for sell and the artists and photographers will sign them.
The current Mid Year Art Show will be up until the end of the month. LCAA is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information call 827-3228.