LHMS Celebrates Youth Art Month
Logan-Hocking Middle
Submitted by: R.Lehman, H.Hacker, S.Oldham

March is National Youth Art Month and the Logan-Hocking Middle School art team and their students have been exceptionally busy!

The month long observance and celebration started off with a fantastic evening at the Bowen House on Friday, March 1st. The 17th Annual LHMS Spring Art Show, Seedlings, opened with a full house for 2 hours of excited art students, their families, friends, and community members in attendance. Over 170 amazing works of student art are on display through the 23rd of March at Bowen House. The community is invited to come and enjoy this wonderful collection of a large variety of medium, subject matter, and style from local talent. Hours for viewing are Wednesday through Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00.

Saturday morning and afternoon on March 2nd found the LHMS art instructors, several of their students, families, and administrators in downtown Columbus for the Ohio Art Education Associationís state level art shows. The Young Peopleís Art Exhibition and the Christie Casper Ohio Youth Art Month Exhibition are held simultaneously within a few blocks of one another each year. 2019 marks the 39th year for the annual Young Peopleís Art Exhibition, held at the Rhodes State Office Tower on Broad Street, Columbus. The exhibit represents Ohio students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth and is on display until March 23rd during regular business hours.

One hundred thirty-one pieces were selected for the juried show from the eight regions of the state that represent OAEA, the professional organization for art teachers in Ohio. OAEA works to promote the arts and recognizes quality student art throughout the state through various exhibits at state and regional levels.

Logan-Hocking Middle School placed 3 students from a field of thousands in the YPAE state level exhibition. Cassidy Bledsoe chose watercolor and ink for her fun and happy, surrealistic work. Cassidy is the student of Mrs. Suzanne Oldham. Avery Cook-Porterís watercolor and ink rendition of a red panda is very well drawn and her colors show depth and dimension. Mrs. Heather Hacker is Averyís art teacher. Finally, Camryn Torongeauís paper collage of her family cat shows great skill in paper cutting and craftsmanship. She is the student of Mrs. Roxanna Lehman. All three students received certificates and awards and recognition at the opening reception and awards ceremony held Saturday morning.

The Youth Art Month Exhibition awards ceremony and reception was held that afternoon at the State Teacherís Retirement Systems building, East Broad Street. This select exhibition of student work is also available for public viewing through the 23rd of the month during normal business hours. LHMS art instructors, administration, student artists, families, and guests were in attendance as the students received their certificates and well deserved recognition for their beautiful works of art. One hundred thirty-three student artworks from the eight Ohio regions were selected from thousands submitted state wide.

Logan-Hocking Middle School is proud and excited to have three student works selected for this yearís Youth Art Month Exhibition. Emily Olejniczak created a lovely bowl with woven embellishment in ceramic and fiber. Emily is the student of Mrs. Suzanne Oldham. Ethan Pereraís pumpkin in oil pastel is bright and bold. Mrs. Heather Hacker is Ethanís art instructor. Finally, Hope Monkís exceptional rose in chalk pastel is beautifully detailed. Hope is the student of Mrs. Roxanna Lehman.

It is a distinct honor for any student to have artwork chosen for either of these state level exhibitions. This is the 31st consecutive year out of the 39 year history of the Young Peopleís Art Exhibition for Logan-Hocking Middle School to have student works selected for exhibit. The Youth Art Month is in its second decade and LHMS has been represented each year since the exhibitionís founding.

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