February has come to a close, and the beginning of Youth Art Month in March is here. The celebration got started early at Riddell National Bank, where several Art Club members spent Thursday afternoon setting up for the Second Annual Northview High School Art Show.
A variety of art, including weaving, pencil, colored pencil, computer graphics and pastels projects, done by Northview Art students are on display in the bank's main branch on National Avenue. They will be available for public viewing during normal banking hours through March 30.
"The bank has been very generous," said teacher Traci Miller. She specifically named Riddell's Steve Kidwell, who has served as the main contact person for the event.
Miller and her fellow art instructors, Carolyn Phillips and Amy Wetnight, selected the art being shown from work completed by students in their 2-D Art, Computer Graphics and Fiber Arts courses. Another teacher, Kim Caulkin, is on leave with Brazil's National Guard.
"It was a hard decision," Miller stated, "because we have a lot of students who do really good work."
The young artists whose creations made the final cut are Laura Whitesell, Marcus Weddle, Jimmy Cheeseman, Bryan Trackwell, Julianna Horton, Pat Binkley, Kyle Russell, Lindsey Stearley, Justin Deal, Tommy Jenkins, Samantha Brown, James Griffin, Jason Craig, Bruce McKenzie, Jerica Floyd, Jenna Godsey, Stephanie Metz, Alicia Thomas and Beverly McIntire.
Miller feels that Riddell's hosting the art show is a big help to Northview's Art Department, which usually does not get much publicity. "It's really important to our kids," she added.