Dublin Villager

Students' art to be part of 'emerging' exhibition

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Artwork will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 1 and the Dublin Arts Council is predicting another good year for student art in the "emerging" exhibition.

The Dublin Arts Council will exhibit art from Dublin City School District students of all ages Aug. 12 to Sept. 12 in the gallery at 7125 Riverside Drive.

An artist's reception is slated from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12 and will include PupArt, a fundraising event for Friends of the Shelter from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

"The work that's come in so far is pretty remarkable," said David Guion, Dublin Arts Council executive director.

"People wait until the last minute to submit things, but it will be something on par with past years," Guion said.

"It's so exciting to see things come in the door."

Artwork comes from students in grades K-12 in all media and formats.

"We encourage anyone to submit work in all media," Guion said.

"It's unusual to give students a gallery art experience where they can actually submit work and have it adjudicated by a professional and also offer it up for sale."

Students can also earn cash awards for "Best of Show" in four age categories.

"It's a really good experience for students, especially those planning to go on in a career in visual arts," Guion said.

"It helps with a portfolio and gives them a sense of what's ahead."

The reception for the student artists, which is free and open to the public, will work in tandem with a fundraiser for Friends of the Shelter, a Columbus nonprofit organization that provides financial support for medical, educational and adoption programs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.

"They came to us and said they were looking for a location (for the PupArt fundraiser)," Guion said of the group.

"We're all pet lovers at the Dublin Arts Council and it seemed like a natural fit," he said.

"I think it's going to benefit both organizations and raise awareness of the opportunities to use art to forward causes," said Cheryl Mandell, a trustee of Friends of the Shelter.

PupArt recommends a $10 donation for participation and will include a silent auction with lots of animal-themed sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass work, paintings and photography.

"We have artists that do dog related art and somebody who has done a cat quilt," Mandell said.

"We have a lot of local artists and a lot of dog lovers."

A local jazz band will also play PupArt and dogs up for adoption will be on hand.

"We're a small, small group and we try to raise awareness," Mandell said.

"Without our group some of these dogs wouldn't have a chance. We save about 350 dogs a year."

Although PupArt will be held one night only student art in the "emerging" exhibition will be on display until Sept. 12 and can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information about the exhibition or the Aug. 12 events, look online at dublin arts.org or call 614-889-7444.

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