Under the supervision of art instructor Ginny Geoghegan, the Tomales High School art program remained a bedrock of creativity for students navigating the course of the past year’s unprecedented distanced learning ordeal.

With the support of the school staff, these art students flourished at home and continued to develop a pantheon of new artworks inspired by their individual experiences and growing identities.

This month, several of those students participate in Gallery Route One’s exhibition, “Tomales High School Artist Showcase 2021,” featuring paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works.

The show opens with a virtual reception on Friday, May 14, and will be viewable online as well as in-person from Thursdays to Sundays, 11am to 5pm, through May 23.

Gallery Route One is following all recommended safety protocols related to the pandemic, including sanitizing, distancing and mandatory face coverings in place for visitors.

“I hope you will enjoy escaping into these

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Apr. 24—This exhibit is showcasing the world through the lens of a camera.

The “Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial 2021” exhibition is on display through June 25 in the Sullivan Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, St. Francis University campus, 112 Franciscan Way.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Jessica Camp- bell, SAMA’s education coordinator.

“There were talks in creating a juried photography exhibition, which is something we’ve never done. This was supposed to be last spring, then COVID happened, but we were fortunate enough to work with all the artists and they were willing to let us hold their artwork.”

The juried showcase features 92 pieces from 52 artists, including a variety of subjects from traditional to collage to abstract.

‘Great collection’

“It’s a really great collection of photography, spanning all subject matter with a lot of landscapes and nature and some florals,” Campbell

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News release

The Art Center of the Bluegrass is embracing the energy of spring with a collection of new programs and events. From now through the end of May, visitors can enjoy a new exhibit, a sale of handcrafted garden art, and drop-in family activities.

The current show is New Birth, New Growth, New Beginnings – a juried exhibition which invited artists from throughout the region to respond to the themes of spring.

The show includes paintings, photography, collage, and fiber art, with many pieces celebrating the natural world. For artists Roni Gilpin of Waynesburg and Connie Beale of Danville, crocuses represented the season. Both of their paintings feature the exuberant purple flowers, with Beale taking a surrealist approach to her subject matter.

Flowers also feature in two beautiful portraits in the show. “Lexington in Spring” by Diana Akkila of Lexington and “In Every Woman, A Queen” by

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Each art piece at Creative 360’s Multiplicity exhibit tells a unique story and are connected by the love of a mother and her daughters. Local artists Carol Speltz of Bay City, Alayne Speltz of Luddington and Chandra Jewell of Midland collaborated for the first time to present 59 pieces that are near and dear to their hearts.

Carol has appreciated art since she sketched and painted as a kid. After serving 20 years as the director at Pinecrest Farms and taking care of her own family, Carol joined Creative 360’s staff. Not only did she serve as the nonprofit’s executive director from 2012-2014, but she stepped in as its interim director from January to July 2020, until its current executive director, Laura Vosejpka took over.

“It was good to get into art. It was good to see how people experience creativity. It was very good to help endorse programs that

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