By TIFFANY RONEY
Local art, refreshments and live music will be available for viewing and enjoyment at the Exhibit Opening and Reception on Friday evening.
The exhibit will feature artwork created by participants of the Chaffee-Bradshaw Youth Art Class this summer.
Denise Blehm, director of the Arts Council of Dickinson County, said she plans to get her first peek at the artwork when she sets it up tomorrow morning.
“Every year, year after year, the artwork is so incredibly fabulous,” Blehm said. “I know it’s going to be amazing, and I’m always impressed.”
Blehm said she wanted to emphasize that children and teenagers from the Abilene area create all the artwork.
“It’s our own local kids and local artist teaching it -- it’s just a really good thing,” Blehm said. “It’s so exciting when it’s kids that you know.”
Karen Cooper, local artist, teaches Chaffee-Bradshaw Youth Art Class students the basic elements of drawing. By the end of the class each student has completed at least one “masterpiece” to frame and exhibit. The three-week class is offered each summer for students entering 4th through 12th grades.
“The level of talent that we have with our youth is just phenomenal,” Blehm said. “It’s great every year, but every year, I’m still amazing, even though I know It’s coming. It shouldn’t be a surprise anymore, but it is. Wow, it just goes above and beyond my expectations year after year.”
Student guitarists of Fansler Family Music and Blehm’s violin tutees will bring creativity in audio form. Blehm said she is still open to more performers, so any students who would like to jump in and play their instruments can contact her at 263-1884.
The exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Eisenhower Presidential Library, 200 S.E. 4th Street. Blehm said the council would like to thank the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum for its continued support of the arts in the Abilene community. Blehm said another strong supporter of the event is Community Foundation of Dickinson County, which provided grant funds that enabled the purchase of frames and stands for the exhibit.
“You get to see great artwork. You get to see and meet the little student artists if you’d like,” Blehm said. “It’s a great evening out at no expense.”
The artwork will remain on exhibit through Aug. 23.