I am not a person who longs for summer. I much prefer the more accommodating temperatures of spring and fall; however, there are certain activities that are  measurably more enjoyable during the summer. Chasing butterflies and exploration of new terrain are two wonderful examples and both of these delightful activities are beautifully depicted in our 43rd Annual High School Art Show.  Bianca Morri of Smith Center skillfully transports viewers back to their youth and their summer days spent chasing and capturing butterflies with her linocut print Butterfly. The stark contrast of the black background and white butterfly paradoxically lightens viewers’ moods as they fixate on the nonspecific butterfly enabling their imaginations to run wild as their bodies once did in the exuberance of an idyllic summer day spent chasing and gathering all manner of insects with their little bug collecting kits.

“Butterfly” by Bianca Morri Smith Center High School

 In the Canyon by Norton Community High student Alexa Long will stir viewers’ desire to get out and explore – be it on water or land.  Her pastel drawing quintessentially captures the heart of adventure. Impressive canyon walls frame a pleasant stream bringing the best of two worlds together – the majesty of mountains and freedom of water. Both works evoke that “I’d do anything to be outdoors” wanderlust that starts to infiltrate our beings with the onset of warm weather. The 43rd High School Art Show is filled with all manner of inspiration and will be on view through March 8, 2020. 

“In the Canyon” by Alexa Long (Norton Community High School)

Jaelyn Rumback, March’s Artist of the Month, makes the most delightful body scrubs and butters.  Artfully created and beautifully packaged, these little goodies make the most fun practical gifts.  Everyone needs soap and lotion and Jaelyn has made these necessities feel like a luxury.  Jaelyn’s goods will be for sale through the month of March. All Museum members are entitled to a 5% discount on Artist of the Month purchases, making these already reasonably priced goods even more enticing.

The Museum is currently under construction.  After months of planning, we have entered Phase 1 of the project.  In this portion, we are updating the kitchen and bathrooms.  We are open and eagerly await your visit but ask that you please have patience with us during this process.

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