Student art exhibit shows great promise

Almost 250 students, parents, teachers, and friends turned out Friday evening for the opening of the Yates County Student Art Exhibit at the Arts Center of Yates County. The annual show highlights work from middle and high school students in Penn Yan, Dundee and Marcus Whitman school districts.

The exhibit is hung by art teachers from the various schools. The Arts Center then brings in professional artists to review and judge the work, just like a regular “juried” show. This year’s judges were photographer William Norton, potter Barbara Havill, and painters Sandy Cook and Eileen Correll.

Student work from each school are judged in three categories: painting and drawing, photography, and three dimensional art. A “best in show” piece is also chosen.

Thanks to generous donations from the parent-teacher organization in each of the three districts, the top three winners in each category and the best in show winner receive cash prizes.

The 2018 Best in Show winner is a pastel entitled “Mr. Frizzle” by Marcus Whitman sophomore Aubrey Bagley.

The Yates County Student Exhibit runs through Friday, April 27 at the Arts Center. The Arts Center of Yates County is located at 127 Main St.,Penn Yan and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visits to the gallery are free of charge.

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