"The reason why we did it is there is an art gallery on the square and they were planning to do one [and] for reasons I don't really know they couldn't do it. ... and we thought, 'Well, why can't we do it?'" said Cooky King, manager of the Adairsville Welcome Center. "So we just decided we would take it up and set out to do that. We really like to support our young people here, so that's why we wanted to support our young artists. We are always looking for some way to support the young people around because they are our future.
"Some of their artwork is just amazing [for example on a colored pencil drawing] you can see every feather on a bird. It's really amazing -- the talent that these young people have. We have colored pencil drawings. We have graphite drawings. We have one painting, several photographs, some pottery -- so a little bit of everything."
In the show, which King hopes to become an annual offering, about 11 middle and high school students from Bartow and Gordon counties are displaying their artwork at the depot, 101 Public Square. For King's 14-year-old daughter, Ariel, the opportunity to participate in her first art show has been a valuable experience that provides "a new way to prove" herself.
"I have one painting, one colored pencil and the rest are just photographs," said the rising ninth grader at Gordon Central High School, describing her seven works that are on display. "One of my favorites would have to be the picture of the American flag's reflection off of puddles. It was under something kind of like a gazebo and it had a puddle along the board of the floor.
"The American flag was right in front of it. It was kind of hard to take a picture of it. Because it was so low, it was hard to get the right angles. But it showed the red and white stripes and every now and then you could see the blue square with the stars in it of the 50 states. It was taken right next to the Adairsville depot in April or March. [I enjoy photography because] usually once you take the picture the way you see it just seems normal, but once you take the picture and you see it on the screen it looks a lot different. It shows a lot more detail."
On Saturday, the exhibit will close with a Meet the Artists reception, which will be open to the public, from 10 a.m. to noon. Awards also will be presented to the top "vote-winner" in the middle school, high school and best in show categories. Throughout the art show, which started on May 4, visitors have had the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists by making a penny donation in their honor. Along with vying for the titles, the artists also will be able to keep their financial winnings.
In addition to the Meet the Artists reception, the public is encouraged to view the art show Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge.
For more information, call the Adairsville depot at 770-773-1775.