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Teen creativity makes show a must-see

Monday, January 7, 2008

SL High School students bring a diverse array of fasinating pieces to the Witter

A beautifully-thrown pottery dish hides a tiny female figure huddling pensively inside. A photo manipulation literally has a student crawling out of his computer screen. A canvas awash in warm sunset colors captures a scene from a Storm Lake dock. Unusual portraits show everything from a mysterious Mona-Lisa smile of a pregnant woman to the sprawled feet of a child.

The Storm Lake High School Scholastic Art Show opened this week at Witter Gallery, and if you only see one exhibit this year, this in the one not to let pass by.

If art is at its heart expression, it is a natural reflection of youth. Mr. Netten and Ms. Coon have built a juggernaught of an art program at SLHS, and the works of their students in this show are as fresh and as innovative as a viewer could desire.

Leave yourself a half hour or more to see this show - the gallery is packed with interesting works, many of which call for a second look.

The show features paintings, pen and ink drawing, charcoal sketches, photography, pottery, sculpture and advertising design.

"We have worked really hard on these pieces," says contributing artist Cindy Barahoma.

About 200 pieces represent the best work of the students, grades 9-12, over the past year. From bare walls, the entire show was erected in a single day.

Ron Stevenson, gallery director, is pleased by the passion and the diversity of the student's works.

The show runs through January 30. As always, Witter exhibits are open to the public, free. The gallery is located in the Storm Lake Library Building.

Coveted Gold Key awards will be presented to six senior porfolios and other leading individual works.

This annual event at the Witter Gallery is a juried competition by local artist/judge Cherie Courter.

A Reception will be held Friday, January 11, 6-7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to come see the results of the local teen artists' hard work.