Lowry High School’s art department and Art Club are sponsoring HCSD’s 46th annual Art Show. The opening night will be Thursday, March 7 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Humboldt Museum; where schools from all over the county will have artwork displayed. The show will run through April 17 and the museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lowry’s Art Two, Advanced Art teacher and Art Club advisor Ms. Julia Topholm suggested this show will be one to remember.
“This year's show will probably be our largest show ever because we have some of Humboldt County’s homeschool students participating this year, as well as all of the local and rural schools, will be participating,” said Topholm.
This year, some of the elementary schools will be displaying their sculpture pieces and Lowry is bringing in pieces from Art 1 to Sculpture as well as showcasing special projects the Advanced Art students have been working on.
“We’ll be showcasing student’s work that was entered into the Scholastic Competition and highlighting those students who achieved an honorable mention or a key placement,” said Topholm. “We’ll be showing some digital photographs of the progress our Advanced Art students have been making on their murals as well.”
Senior at Lowry High School and Gold Key winner of the Scholastic Competition, Myia Ray, has been in art for three years. Ray is looking forward to viewing all of the pieces and learning from other artists in Humboldt County.
“I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's art and what their style is and the meaning behind their pieces,” said Ray. “I'm also excited to see what my parent's reaction will be when they see my art hanging in a gallery. So far they've been really excited and proud of me but seeing their reaction in person, I feel, will be different in a good way.”
Ray also stated that art makes very personal connections, and influences people in various ways.
“The saying ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ applies to the art world quite literally; as art shows the diversity of people in a community,” said Ray. “Art can influence individuals no matter their values and positively shape and evolve a community. It connects an understanding between those who may have little in common on the surface. Art can evoke a relatable feeling between two, unlike individuals, thus creating some kind of community in a sense.”
In a small-town community like Winnemucca, Ray believes art is essential to the exposure of creativity.
“Winnemucca is a provincial town and so we aren't exposed to much. For a small town, art could have a major impact and we all could have a like-minded community which could be prosperous and open-minded. Artists and art organizations lead to insights in a community,” said Ray.
Lowry’s exclusive Art and CTE show will be May 30 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the art and CTE building where pieces from welding, electrical, CADD, art, and sculpture will be displayed.