GRAFTON—The Taylor County Arts Council believes that every child is an artist, and each child has its own individual, artistic voice. That’s why during the month of March, they will be displaying the art of local preschool students.
According to TCAC member, Deb White, March is National Youth Art Month, so the council always tries to display works of younger artists.
“We always do a children’s art show during the month of March,” shared White. “We try to promote the love of art into each child, because we feel it is a very important way for them to express themselves and get involved.”
This year, they will be showing off the talents of preschoolers from all over Taylor County. The show began on Friday, with an open reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m., during the March First Fridays events.
The display boasts different types of art, using different mediums. According to White, the teachers of each class decided which type of art the kids would create, and then let them go to work.
From crayon and marker colorings of animals, done by Webster Head Start students, to Sharpie Tie-Dye canvases, created by the kids at Lucretia Head Start, the exhibit has something for everyone.
“I think that this is one of my favorite shows that we do here,” expressed White. “I love to see what the kids have created with the items given to them by their teachers. There art is always so carefree and fun.”
Students from West Taylor, Anna Jarvis and Flemington Elementary Schools, as well as Webster and Lucretia Head Starts participated in this year’s show.
Vicky Steele, also a member of the TCAC, said she even got the Early Head Start kids involved this year.
“I work with children ages birth to three in the Early Head Start program, When I’d go out on their home visits, I’d work on projects with them, so they could be included in the show, as well,” explained Steele.
White said the TCAC will host a private reception for the students and their parents. During the reception, Carmello Tabone will be offering two classes for parents and students to take part in.
The exhibit will run through March, and will be open for public viewing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., at Gallery 62 West, located on Main Street in downtown, Grafton. There is no cost of admission for the show.
“It is very important for kids to be exposed to the arts,” said White. “Shows and activities like these, help do that. They encourage children to get involved with something, right here in Taylor County, that will help them express themselves.”