In April the Red Chair Gallery celebrates local youth for the sixth year with the Emerging Artists show featuring student works from Bend, Mountain View and Summit High Schools. This tradition which began in 2012 has become a favorite of locals, families and artists of every level.
The show begins with the jurying of student works by the gallery partners and student interns. Interested students submit essays to become Interns. Due to the limited space within the Gallery, 15 works are chosen from each school to be framed and displayed. The wall art is complimented with photography, pottery and sculpture, all original works created by students. Participation of each school is determined by the instructors and thanks to Jesse Lockwood, Bend High, Carrie Erickson of Mountain View and Meaghan Houska, Summit High and others the show comes together in grand fashion. This is not a small feat considering their very demanding schedules.
“The Red Chair student show is a highlight for our students each year,” says Carrie Erickson, art instructor at Mountain View High. “They love having an opportunity to display their work in a downtown gallery and get such a boost when their work sells. It becomes the highlight of their year.”
The Emerging Artists show at Red Chair is unique not in showing student art, but becauseEdit My Profile the students become actual members of the Gallery for the month of April.
This means they sign a contract which holds them to the same standards as full time artist members for the time the Gallery exhibits their work. Every piece exhibited must be for sale and professionally displayed with a percentage of sales going to support the Gallery.
The April 7 First Friday will be a grand celebration with teachers, students, parents and friends invited for a special early reception from 4:30pm until the official kick-off at 5pm. People’s Choice and Artists Choice awards are voted on during First Friday.
The Gallery thanks Blick Art Supplies for their generous support for the fourth year in providing gift certificates for award winners.
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