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Youth Art Month events celebrate junior artists



These children are several years older now, but many spent their elementary school summers and after school hours participating in art camps like the one above, organized by Kathe Hall, back row left, and Debbie Brownlee, back center. These kids, some that are now in high school, have been invited to participate in a special Youth Art Month show presented by “Arts Across the Bridge.” The reception is Friday, March 8 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Woodbridge Inn. 



"Art Across the Bridge" presents YAM at Woodbridge Inn


“Your Art – Your Story.” 

That’s the theme for the Youth Art Month gallery show presented by Art Across the Bridge, being held this year at the Woodbridge Inn in Jasper. 

This year’s event was organized by longtime Pickens County art supporters Kathe Hall, owner of Green Acres 515, and Debbie Brownlee, director of Let’s Get Artsy. Hall and Brownlee have hosted youth art camps in the county for many years,

and for 2018 have invited former art camp students to showcase their work in a special Youth Art Month show.

“Teaching art camps and after-school art for nearly 20 years in Jasper I’ve missed the magical creativity I see in the children of Pickens County,” said Hall. “I’ve watched so many children come through our camps and be involved in our special projects, and I’ve seen them grow from kindergarten through high school. I’ve seen how they’ve developed in their own ways and ventured into other forms of art. I wanted to bring back some of these junior artists and celebrate them.” 

The junior artists were given topics as inspiration for their visual art projects, which will be on display at the Woodbridge Inn the entire month of March - “When I Was a Kid,” “Just for Fun,” “Friendship,” and “Keys,” were some of the artist’s jumping-off points. But like Hall said, several of her former students have branched out into other areas of artistic expression, which will also be showcased at the reception. 

“Take Zoe Picket, for example,” Hall said, “She has taken her art in to other mediums – she has learned to play the ukulele and will be playing alongside Mary Forrester, a rising 9th grade student, the evening of the reception.”  

The Youth Art Month team is led by Alex Gibson, Captain, and Payton Green, Assistant. All junior artwork will be for sale.

The public is invited to come meet these junior artists on Friday, March 8 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Woodbridge Inn, where reservations can be made for anyone interested in having dinner after the reception. 

Youth Art Month is observed every March. Across the nation, schools, art museums, civic organizations, and other groups participate by encouraging and emphasizing the value of art and art education for children.


PACA Youth Art Show March 14 & 15


By Jean C. Wheeler


In celebration of National Youth Art Month, the Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA) would like to invite the community to view artwork produced by the Pickens County Schools Art programs. 

The art show, themed, Your Art, Your Story, allows students the opportunity to demonstrate and share their individuality and creativity with their peers, families, and the community.

Amelia McIntyre, president of the Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance, notes, “This event allows PACA the opportunity to invite the community to be a part of, and show support of the Arts in our schools.” Community engagement is a critical factor in acquiring grants and funding for community and school art programs. McIntyre suggests, “Please come and sign in; the registration of visitors provides that necessary documentation of community support.” Debby Helton, Vice-President of PACA adds, “The public will be amazed by the artistic talent that is found within our local schools.” 

Your Art, Your Story will be held in the Pickens County Parks Department Recreation Building at 1329 Camp Road in Jasper, Georgia. This event will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 14 & 15, from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. each day. There will be a reception on Friday from 3:30 until 6:30. Refreshments will be served and awards presented at the reception.

The late Paul Harvey, broadcaster and commentator, once said, “For anyone to grow up complete, art is imperative.” Please come and support our countywide art programs.