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Teen Art Show: Silverton Arts Association welcomes public to annual display

By Melissa Wagoner

The Silverton Arts Association’s gallery was packed with art enthusiasts admiring drawings, paintings and ceramics during the opening of the Teen Art Show on May 3.

“The student show is something we look forward to each year,” Silverton High School’s ceramics instructor Banyon Boyd said, “our students spend a lot of time making and choosing a quality piece of art to show and they are always excited to share their work with our community. Some of my ceramics students really surprise themselves with the high-quality work they are able to produce. 

“One of the best parts of my job is when I see a student struggle with a project and then, through consistent effort, work it out over the course of a few days or weeks,” Boyd continued. “That is a very important aspect of art education, it teaches kids to be resilient and to embrace failure as part of the process, which translates to other areas of their life.”

Community shows like the Teen Art Show are important for young artists, providing a low-stakes arena for budding artists to get comfortable with exhibiting.

“Young artists create personally meaningful pieces and sometimes [are] over critical of their own technical abilities, [they] hide their work away out of fear for how it will be judged by onlookers, closing doors on themselves,” Jody Mandish – who also teaches art at SHS – explained, “Exhibitions [like the Teen Art Show] open doors and allow artists to put themselves out there with wa peer group and share the progression of their passions, viewpoints, and abilities with an audience. These venues affirm their ideas and work have value. Public showings increase their confidence while creating networks and connections within the community, bolster inspiration and imagination, and support further critical thinking, experimentation and practice.”

Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until May 31, the Teen Art Show is a terrific way to see what kinds of work are being produced by both middle and high school students in the area.

“It is important for our community to support our youth and to recognize the value of the Arts by showing up,” show curator Hollie Newton said. 

“If members of the community see artwork from students they know, I hope they will congratulate the student for participating in the show.”

Teen Art Show

Silverton Arts Association Borland Gallery
303 Coolidge St., next to Coolidge McClaine Park

Show runs through May 31.

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