All-district art show opens Oct. 21

The Bexley City Schools Art Department presents the annual All-District Art Show, opening on Oct. 21 with a reception in the Arts and Technology Wing of the Cassingham Complex, 326 S. Cassingham Road.

The art work in the show, the "best of the best" from each of the five schools, grades kindergarten through 12, presents a wide range of two- and three-dimensional media, including photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, mixed-media, basketry, mask-making, relief sculpture and fiber arts.

"This show is extremely important because it highlights for the community the quality of meaningful art experiences students in Bexley receive throughout their school years and illustrates the progression of artistic expression, skill and style from young children to young adults," said Becky Liefeld, art specialist at Montrose Elementary and the school district visual arts coordinator. "We strive to give all children a foundation in the visual arts, to inspire them, give them confidence in their own work and to help them to understand more fully the work of others from different times and cultures."
Students in Bexley Schools have a variety of experiences in visual art, which help expand their imaginations, develop problem solving skills and understand the human experience.

These aspects are reflected in the All District Art Show, and provide young artists with a showcase for their own work.

"Families look forward to this show and students take great pride in being selected to participate," Liefeld said.

A new component of the show this year is an Art & Design Professionals Forum, produced by Bexley High School art specialist Mabi Ponce de Leon, to be held in conjunction with the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Panelists with ties to the Bexley community will talk briefly about their careers and the training necessary to pursue their careers as well as answer audience member questions. The panelists are:
• Tim Keny, owner, Keny Galleries in German Village
• Eric Elizondo, architect/ principal, Eco-Studio
• Terry Birchler, industrial designer/ principal, Zukun Plan LLC
• Steven Elbert, architect
• Larry Hamill, commercial photographer, Larry Hamill Photography
The forum is designed to expand audience members’ knowledge of art and design fields and present them as viable options for interested students. 

"Our arts and design professionals will answer questions about these careers and we hope dispel the stereotype that artists and designers do not make a living in the arts," Ponce de Leon said.

The schedule of events for the evening is as follows:
6 to 8 p.m. opening reception, Arts and Technology Wing, Schottenstein Theatre lobby, and Main Entrance at Cassingham Complex
6:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony (students’ whose art is becoming part of the permanent school district collection), Cassingham Community Room
7 to 8 p.m. Art & Design Professionals Forum, BHS Schottenstein Theatre
For more information about the Bexley Schools All-District Art Show, contact Amy Thompson, Bexley Schools Public Information Coordinator at or (614) 238-6663.

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