Young Artists Exhibit opens this week at Art in the Loft

The 12th Annual Young Artists Exhibit, featuring the artwork of approximately 600 students from Northeast Michigan, opens Thursday at Art in the Loft and runs through April 26.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Two special receptions have been planned for the young artists, their families and friends in the 7,000-square foot gallery that is located on the third floor of the Center Building at 109 N. Second in downtown Alpena.

The first reception will be held this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m for students of the following schools: Besser, Hinks, Wilson, Ella White, Lincoln, Sanborn, Immanuel Lutheran, Bingham Arts Academy, All Saints and COACH.

The second reception is scheduled for April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. This reception is for students from Thunder Bay Junior High, Alpena High School, ACES Academy, Summit Academy, Rogers City Elementary, St. Ignatius, St. John Lutheran, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Onaway, Posen, Atlanta and Alcona schools. The public is welcome to attend both receptions, and enjoy snacks, beverages, hands-on art projects and raffle items.

In addition to the gallery exhibit, many local artists, art instructors and business owners are donating their time to conduct a diverse array of art workshops on Saturdays, April 5, 12 and 26. Workshops range from painting, pottery, jewelry making, recycled art, makeup and beauty classes to dance and even edible culinary art. The workshops are available to children ages 4 and up.

The cost is $10 per student or $9 for members (supplies are included). Early registration is recommended and appreciated. A full schedule of classes is available online at www.artintheloft.org.

Education Coordinator Brooke Stevens praised the collaborative efforts of the region’s schools and teachers with Art in the Loft in making the exhibit possible.

“Even though the arts programs are struggling within a lot of our school systems, many parents, teachers and administrators work hard to keep the arts alive in their classrooms and community,” Stevens said. “The Young Artists Exhibit is a fantastic way to support the young talent in our region and to enjoy the amazing artwork that is being created by students in the schools. Students gain confidence and pride in their work when they see it displayed in the gallery.”

Art in the Loft also provides opportunities for continued involvement in the arts for all ages through a selection of workshops and programs offered throughout the year. Workshop flyers are distributed throughout the community and posted on Art in the Loft’s website quarterly.

These opportunities are made possible through the contributions of sponsors and members who support the programming at Art in the Loft.

“We hope everyone will stop in to visit this incredible artwork and join us for one of the receptions, or volunteer to help out during the exhibit,” Stevens said. “It’s a great way for members and sponsors to see how their support really makes a difference in our region.

To find out more about becoming a sponsor or member please, Art in the Loft’s website at artintheloft.org or call the gallery at 356-4877.

Significant support for the Young Artists Exhibit is provided by a grant through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, and a product contribution from Pepsi. Committee members include: Stevens, Sue Fitzpatrick, Sarah Bedford and Grace Marshall.

The gallery will be open during the exhibit Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.