PIQUA — Rain was no match for artwork this weekend.
The common area of Piqua Central Intermediate School (PCIS) was packed with art, student artists, and community members who came out to see the Piqua City Schools Art Show on Saturday afternoon.
PCIS art teacher Sarah Fromholt and Washington Primary School art teacher Jessica Reed were happy with the turnout in support of the student artwork and that the dreary weather did not deter attendees.
“Right opening the gates, everyone was here,” Fromholt said.
The 16th annual district-wide art show featured approximately 600 pieces of student artwork.
“We have a lot of artwork here,” Reed said.
Reed explained that it was important to hold the art show for the students and the community, particularly since the students had worked hard on their pieces all year. It was also an opportunity for community members and parents to see not only their children’s artwork, but all of the other students’ as well.
“It’s a good opportunity for everyone to see what they’ve done,” Reed said.
Various media were represented in the art show, including ceramics, mosaics, painting, sculpture, papier mache, drawing, and stop-motion photography (claymation).
“It’s a good mix,” Reed said. “All the schools are represented.”
The art show featured artwork from every grade — from kindergarten students through high school seniors — showing what the different age levels can do. Some of the Piqua City Schools art teachers also submitted artwork as well.
“I think it’s amazing. It gets better each year,” said Piqua City Schools Superintendent Dwayne Thompson, who attended the art show with his family. “They do a great job.”
Numerous parents, students, and community members also attended the art show in support of the student artists.
“It’s good. It’s a little bit different than last year,” said Jessica Worth of Piqua, who attended the art show to support her son, Logan Worth, whose senior portfolio was on display. Worth said that it was interesting to see all of artwork from grades one and up. “A lot of good artists in here,” Worth said.
“I love it,” Janelle Baker of Piqua said. Her son, fifth grader Simon Baker, had pieces of artwork in the show. “It’s pretty amazing the talent that’s here,” Baker said.
A smaller sample of the students’ artwork will be on display during the Taste of the Arts celebration on May 19 in downtown Piqua. Each school in the district will have work represented on the second floor of the Apple Tree Gallery.
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