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Local students show art
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Over 225 parents and friends strolled through the 303 Building on the square to view local student artists’ work recently.Approximately 175 pieces done in oil, pen & ink, crayon, watercolors, chalk, ceramics, tempera, and a photographic mosaic were exhibited.Louann Hendricks won “Best of Show” and 1st place in Grade 9 through Adult School category with her painting of a dog.Artwork from Smithville Elementary, Northside Elmentary, DeKalb Middle, DeKalb High School, the Adult School, Christian schools and home schooled children were represented.Justin Potter Library also loaned a piece done by their library art program.Study Club President Dianne Hawkins hosted the event with the help of the membership.Piano music was played for the afternoon by Study Club member Susan Hinton.The idea for the show came about when a member of the Smithville Study Club noticed there was no end-of-year art show to honor the artistic talents of DeKalb County youth.The club proposed to have an art exhibit in early May 2011 to showcase these students’ work. Schools and principals were contacted in October 2010, and work began which culminated in this show this past weekend on May 1.Special thanks go to the art teachers, Ms. Carol Tripp, Mr. Mike Littrell, and Ms. Walteen Parker, for their support and collection of artwork for the show.From the interest and attendance shown by parents, grandparents, and community leaders, it is hoped that the show will be an annual affair for the Smithville Study Club to host each May. Every student will receive a certificate of participation and a ribbon.