LIMA — For the 32nd year, the works of local high school artists will be on exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima with the annual Kewpee High School Art Invitational.
ArtSpace Executive Director Sally Windle said this year’s exhibit is one of the most versatile that she’s seen in regard to the different mediums and topics that have been entered and juried.
“Every year it always looks better and better it seems because their work seems to be more mature, it seems to have more depth of quality,” Windle explained. “It seems like this year is even more outstanding — not only higher quality but they have chosen some topics and some mediums we’ve not seen.”
This year’s exhibit includes 105 juried pieces from 321 submitted across 13 counties and 18 schools. Schools represented are as close as Lima Senior High School and Lima Central Catholic and as far away as Bryan High School.
The pieces have been categorized into nine areas including ceramics, digital media, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. There have been awards given in each entry category as well as a Best in Show and Dr. Sullivan Award. This year’s judge was Mike Huffman.
Also on display at ArtSpace in the Sullivan Gallery is the “Treasures of Lima” exhibit featuring works from the organization’s permanent collection, inspired by a painting of the former YWCA building.
“We looked for things of buildings, artist work that featured downtown Lima, or in the area near, that are treasures of not only the permanent collection but buildings that are treasures of Lima,” Windle said. “We put those up, and it’s been really interesting. We may be having to do another, larger exhibit because people have been coming in telling us about other treasures that they have in their own collections. It’s been really nice to share that.”
Windle said the origins of the YWCA painting had never been known around ArtSpace, but that through this exhibit, the family has since contacted the gallery to share its history.
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