Little Falls Community High School Art Show on display at GRA through March 25; reception Saturday, March 11

Benny Thoms-Warzecha’s “Lonesome Memory” earthenware sculpture and Katie Orth’s “Pinwheel” quilt on display at Great River Arts for the 2017 High School Art Show.
Benny Thoms-Warzecha’s “Lonesome Memory” earthenware sculpture and Katie Orth’s “Pinwheel” quilt on display at Great River Arts for the 2017 High School Art Show.

Great River Arts (GRA) will host the annual Little Falls Community High School Art Show in the main gallery through March 25. The opening reception will be held Saturday, March 11, from noon – 2 p.m., featuring live music from the Flyer Jazz Combo. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend.

This year the exhibition features a range of works from traditional techniques like watercolor painting and drawing to more contemporary approaches in ceramic sculpture, mixed media and artist books. The students are given an opportunity to go through the complete process of exhibiting in a professional gallery: they create, frame and mat, wire, transport, layout, hang and label their work, deliver postcards and entertain guests, friends and family at the opening reception.

“This show is always unique and exciting,” said Sam Bruno, GRA program and venue coordinator, “I am grateful for GRA’s role in facilitating a professional environment to encourage these students creativity.”

Each year brings new techniques, subjects and completed projects to the gallery space that showcase craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Unique to the show this year, is an extensive collection of ceramic and paper mache sculptures and a few custom skateboard decks.  The students’ work is reflective of the quality of their education and exposure to a wide variety of concepts, Bruno said.