LOGAN — March is National Youth Art Month and the Logan-Hocking Middle School art team and their students have been exceptionally busy!

The monthlong observance and celebration started off with a fantastic evening at The Bowen House on Friday, March 1. The 17th Annual LHMS Spring Art Show, Seedlings, opened with a full house for two hours of excited art students, their families, friends, and community members in attendance.

Over 170 amazing works of student art are on display through the 23rd of March at the Bowen House. The community is invited to enjoy this wonderful collection of a large variety of medium, subject matter, and style from local talent. Hours for viewing are Wednesday through Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Saturday morning and afternoon on March 2 found the LHMS art instructors, several of their students, families, and administrators in Downtown Columbus for the Ohio Art Education Association’s state level art shows. The Young People’s Art Exhibition and the Christie Casper Ohio Youth Art Month Exhibition are held simultaneously within a few blocks of one another each year.

This year marks the 39th year for the annual Young People’s Art Exhibition, held at the Rhodes State Office Tower on Broad Street, Columbus. The exhibit represents Ohio students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth and is on display until March 23rd during regular business hours.

One hundred thirty-one pieces were selected for the juried show from the eight regions of the state that represent OAEA, the professional organization for art teachers in Ohio. OAEA works to promote the arts and recognizes quality student art throughout the state through various exhibits at state and regional levels.

Logan-Hocking Middle School placed three students from a field of thousands in the YPAE state level exhibition. Cassidy Bledsoe chose watercolor and ink for her fun and happy, surrealistic work. Cassidy is the student of Suzanne Oldham. Avery Cook-Porter’s watercolor and ink rendition of a red panda is very well drawn and her colors show depth and dimension. Heather Hacker is her art teacher. Finally, Camryn Torongeau’s paper collage of her family cat shows great skill in paper cutting and craftsmanship. She is the student of Roxanna Lehman. All three students received certificates and awards and recognition at the opening reception and awards ceremony held Saturday morning.

The Youth Art Month Exhibition awards ceremony and reception was held that afternoon at the State Teacher’s Retirement Systems building, East Broad Street. This select exhibition of student work is also available for public viewing through the 23rd of the month during normal business hours.

LHMS art instructors, administration, student artists, families, and guests were in attendance as the students received their certificates and well deserved recognition for their beautiful works of art. One hundred thirty-three student artworks from the eight Ohio regions were selected from thousands submitted statewide.

Logan-Hocking Middle School is proud and excited to have three students’ artwork selected for this year’s Youth Art Month Exhibition. Emily Olejniczak created a lovely bowl with woven embellishment in ceramic and fiber. She is the student of Suzanne Oldham. Ethan Perera’s pumpkin in oil pastel is bright and bold. Heather Hacker is his art instructor. Finally, Hope Monk’s exceptional rose in chalk pastel is beautifully detailed. She is the student of Mrs. Roxanna Lehman.

It is a distinct honor for any student to have artwork chosen for either of these state level exhibitions. This is the 31st consecutive year out of the 39 year history of the Young People’s Art Exhibition for Logan-Hocking Middle School to have student works selected for exhibit. The Youth Art Month is in its second decade and LHMS has been represented each year since the exhibition’s founding.

To view the albums of artwork from the above art events, visit the Logan-Hocking School District facebook page. www.facebook.com/LoganHockingSD/

The Logan-Hocking Board of Education approved the following resolution proclaiming the Month of March 2019 Youth Art Month.

Whereas, the study of Art leads to a fuller, more meaningful life, and Whereas, the training and visual acuity gained through the art experience opens new worlds of seeing to all involved, and

Whereas, the society our youth will be entering and shaping will require both physical and philosophical vision, and Whereas, the problem solving and survival skills promoted through art education are basic elements leading to creative thinking, and

Whereas, the National Art Education Association in conjunction with the Ohio Art Education Association is striving to better the human condition by upgrading visual awareness and the cultural strength of Ohio and the United States as a whole, and

Whereas, the citizens of Ohio have indicated a desire to join the National Art Education Association and the Ohio Art Education Association in supporting the youth of our community in their artistic development, we hereby proclaim the month of March as Youth Art Month.

Therefore, by this action, let it be known that we feel that art training is a basic part of our educational system and we hold the art programs in our schools to be an essential and viable academic endeavor.

Submitted by Roxanna Lehman

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