LIMA — From the get-go, most kids’ artistic accomplishments are celebrated. Those stick figure crayon drawings are hung up with pride on refrigerators, office cubicles and grade school bulletin boards.
The Kewpee High School Art Invitational ups the ante by quite a bit. It celebrates Lima’s young artists by placing their work on the walls of ArtSpace/Lima, the top showcase for art in the city.
Kristin Lee, an art educator at Lima Senior High School, said seven of her students will be in the exhibit. Six had paintings accepted, one had a drawing.
“There are 21 different high schools participating. You can only submit one work per student per category, and the biggest categories are drawings and paintings,” said Lee. “I was impressed that so many got in.”
The other categories are printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry and digital media. According to ArtSpace/Lima, 281 students took part, submitting 385 works. Jurors winnowed them down to 122 pieces for the exhibit.
This is the 28th year of the Art Invitational. Once again, it’s sponsored by Harry Shutt and his Kewpee Restaurants. Any guesses as to what will be served at the opening reception?
The exhibit runs through April 9.
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