On May 1st, over 225 parents and friends strolled through the 303 Building on the square to view local student artists’ work from DeKalb County. Approximately 175 pieces were exhibited done in oil, pen & ink, crayon, watercolors, chalk, ceramics, tempera, and a photographic mosaic. Artwork from Smithville Elementary, Northside Elementary, DeKalb West, DeKalb Middle, DeKalb High School, the Adult School, Christian schools and home schooled were represented. Justin Potter Library loaned a piece done by their library art program, also. Study Club President Dianne Hawkins hosted the event with the help of the membership. Piano music was played for the afternoon by Study Club member, Susan Hinton.
The idea for the show was started when a member of the Smithville Study Club noticed there was no end-of-year art show to honor the artistic talents of DeKalb County youth. The Club proposed to have an art exhibit in early May 2011 to showcase these students’ work. Schools and principals were contacted in October of 2010, and work began to culminate in this show on Sunday, May 1st. Special thanks go to the art teachers - Ms. Carol Tripp, Mr. Mike Littrell, and Ms. Walteen Parker - for their support and collection of artwork for the show.
From the interest and attendance shown by parents, grandparents, and community leaders, it is hoped that the show will be an annual affair for the Smithville Study Club to host each May. Every student will receive a certificate of participation and a ribbon. Louann Hendricks, DCHS, won “Best of Show” and 1st place in her category Grades 9 through Adult School with her painting of a dog.