Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dec. 16: Winter Garden of Youth art opening

Aurora students with a flair for creativity will have their work highlighted in the Aurora Public Art Commission’s 14thannual “Winter Garden of Youth Art.”

Children from kindergarten through high school will have their artwork showcased from Friday, Dec. 16 through Friday, Jan. 20 at the Art Commission Gallery at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. The exhibit will kick-off with an opening reception scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16 with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus also on hand to visit with younger children.

The presentation features a total of 160 pieces of art from 32 schools, including a variety of mediums such as paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, collage, computer arts, jewelry and ceramics. All works in the display have been selected by art teachers or other school faculty members.

Participating schools in the “Winter Garden of Youth Art” are:

  • High schools: Aurora Christian, East Aurora, Marmion Academy, Rosary, Waubonsie Valley and West Aurora;
  • Middle schools: Jewel, Simmons, Waldo and Washington;
  • Elementary schools: Allen, Aurora Christian, Annunciation, Bardwell, Beaupre, Brady, Dieterich, Gates, Greenman, Hall, Hermes, Hill, Johnson, Krug, McCleery, Oak Park, O’Donnell, Rollins, St. Peter, St. Rita of Cascia; and
  • Other: Fox Valley Special Recreation Association and Wright Home School.

Admission to the reception and gallery exhibit is free. The gallery will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 21-22, 28-29; and Jan. 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20.

The Aurora Public Art Commission is a civic organization dedicated to the preservation of public art in all of its forms. For more information on the Commission or the gallery, visit the City of Aurora’s website at www.aurora-il.org.

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