Every year local high school students involved in POAC’s Student Art Exhibit learn what it takes to display their artwork in a real gallery setting. From matting and framing their original works, to appropriate placement in the gallery for optimum visual impact, to forming an ‘artist biography’ to give the viewers a great understanding of the artist’s background and vision for their piece, these teenagers learn the necessary steps to success.
A Review of the 2016 Annual Student Art Show by a POAC Artist Member
A quote on one of the paintings included in this year’s show at the POAC Gallery reads:
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
I found the show to be provocative in many ways. What I appreciated more than anything was the raw energy and lack of inhibition, a freedom from the fear of making a mistake. Maybe some of the artists were more able to know which mistakes to keep than others, but I didn’t feel that was as important as the simple act of expressing themselves , putting the process before the results.
This made it difficult for me to come away with a sense of which pieces I liked “best,” even though there were some stellar standouts, especially among the portraits in the back room. Yet, who wouldn’t love the cute elephant and puppy showing in the front room, the colorful,, large-scale selfies, the mosaics and ceramics?
Again, the show’s overwhelming feeling of innocent freshness is what I came away with most. As I walked up Cedar Street later that night, I saw another rather fitting quote on a sign in a shop window:
“It is not our abilities that show who we truly are… it is our choices.”