The Gallery on the Square is gearing up for the 27th Young Artist Exhibit set to open on March 19 with a reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“It is the longest running exhibit at the gallery,” said Lisa Deavers, executive director of the Gallery on the Square. “We are about local art work and this is to encourage our students and our youth, to recognize the talent that they have and of our art teachers.”

Teachers started bringing in their students work this week and the Gallery will work on setting everything up for the exhibit.

“They spend a lot of time getting the students prepared and choosing the pieces,” Deavers said.

There are usually between 200-250 works of art in the exhibit from first grade to 12th grade. Deavers said last year was the first year to have works of art from kindergartener and she hopes to see them again this year.

She said the teachers choose which student art pieces are featured in the exhibit. In the past works have included weaving, acrylics, sketches, colored pencils and sometimes there will be clay sculptures and paper mache.

“We all love that exhibit, the excitement when they come in and see their art work on the walls, especially those that see it for the first time, it is always fun to see their excitement and to see the talent they have even from such a young age,” Deavers said.

This will be the 13th year Judge Sid Broderson has sponsored the event. The Young Artist Exhibit will be up until the end of April.

During the exhibit reception the African American Heritage Center will honor the winners of their Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Art and Essay contest at 5:30 p.m. The winners received certificates from the center on February 27, but will receive their cash prizes and ribbon during the reception.

“We hope everyone will come out, if they can’t come on March 19 the exhibit will be open through April 30,” Deavers said.

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