Student art 'showcases' diverse creativity

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– PHOTOS BY JEANNE VOLLMER


By Cynthia Price

Unfortunately in these strange times, the performance aspect of the annual Student Showcase, West Michigan Student Showcase, a celebration of excellence for local high schoolers, had to be postponed. For a time it was possible to see the visual art offerings of local students at the Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery in the Frauenthal Center complex, but that too is temporarily closed now.

It is, however, possible to view  photographs of the art at www.westmishowcase.org/index.php/category/visual-arts/

Part of what is missing, though can be guessed at, is the variety of rich materials used in the art. From an actual traditional Polish outfit complete with lace and beading to a mock art studio with stool, easel and many wonderful sketches pinned to the wall to a small white porcelain sculpture of a body broken in half and suspended with black ribbons that is reflected in differently-styled 2D drawings surrounding it ... the students really show both creativity and skill.

It is also possible to view the digital media selections of Student Showcase at the same site, by scrolling down on the home page (www.westmishowcase.org). The literary arts nominees are not on the site, but it is still entertaining to read those from 2019 and before.

Showcase is open to high school students from Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa counties, and is sponsored by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

Student Showcase has been around since 1981.

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