Booth hosts elementary art exhibit through May 12
by Mark Andrews
Apr 19, 2013 | 1586 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Art Exhibit
Guests gather in the Booth Western Art Museum’s Borderlands Gallery for the annual Bartow County and Cartersville City Schools Elementary Art Exhibit. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Bartow County and Cartersville city students and their parents on Thursday gathered at the Booth Western Art Museum for the opening of the annual Bartow County and Cartersville City Schools Elementary Art Exhibit, held in the Borderlands Gallery.

On view through May 12, the exhibit features work from Adairsville, Allatoona, Cloverleaf, Clear Creek, Euharlee, Hamilton Crossing, Kingston, Mission Road, Pine Log, Taylorsville and Cartersville primary and elementary schools.

“Children need to see and know that their creativity is supported and appreciated. Booth Western Art Museum takes pride in providing a venue to showcase the work of emerging young artists,” Booth Director of Education Lisa Wheeler said in a press release. “To have your work hanging in a Smithsonian Institute Affiliate Museum is a fairly large honor; I only hope that perhaps one of these young children will have their work hanging here — or in another art museum — in the future as their passion and talent for art grow.”

Art produced by the students, completed throughout the 2012-2013 school year, ranged from paintings to clay pieces and collages.

Its fifth year at the Booth, art teachers from the participating schools selected the best pieces from their school to be represented in the show, including a self-portrait by Euharlee Elementary fifth-grader Ishara Merine.

She said the piece took several weeks to complete.

“I like drawing a lot, and I do a lot of portraits, so this is kind of what I like doing,” Merine said.

The event was coordinated among the schools by Cindy Collar, art teacher for Cloverleaf Elementary. She said continuing to offer art classes for elementary school-age children is integral to the learning and developmental process.

“[Students] get hands on, they start communicating, they’re doing individual work and group work — they’re doing everything,” Collar said.

The Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000-square-foot museum located in Cartersville, where guests are invited to explore the American West through contemporary Western artwork. The museum also houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive children’s gallery. Open since August 2003, the Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second-largest art museum in the state of Georgia. To learn more about Booth Western Art Museum, visit www.boothmuseum.org.