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Annual art show displays talent

2/23/2014

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

LOGAN -- The 37th annual High School Art Show at Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum features an eclectic collection.

Wintry weather kept many of the participants from attending the exhibition's preview earlier this month, but some are making time to attend.

The exhibit includes the Mid-Continent League Art Show. MCL schools participating are Ellis, Hill City, Norton, Phillipsburg, Plainville, Oakley, Smith Center and Thomas More Prep-Marian High School.

The entries were judged Feb. 6.

Logan High School students also display their artwork at their hometown museum. But since the school isn't a member of the MCL, the students' work isn't judged.

Timothy Ko, a Logan senior, stopped at the museum Friday morning during a break from job shadowing at Logan Manor.

Ko has participated in the art exhibition all four years of high School.

This year, he has six items in the watercolor, graphic design, pencil and sculpture categories.

"I love drawing. I love art. I want to be a graphic designer," he said.

Ko plans to attend the Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland.

Since TMP is new to the league, this is the first year Angie Pahls' students have participated.

Pahls, in her 10th year at TMP, encourages her students "to get their artwork out there."

Approximatley 10 to 12 students' work, most of them at an advanced level, was entered in the competition.

"The league show offers the students a chance to show their work among others who are the same age and (from) schools about the same size," Pahls said.

She hopes to take her students on a field trip to the museum.

Approximately 30 Ellis art students have nearly 40 pieces on display, said Brian White, Ellis art teacher.

At least one of his students has been to the exhibit, and White plans to go himself, he said.

It's good for students to exhibit their work "because the visual arts are by definition meant to be seen by others," White said. "I stress to them that this isn't about being better or worse at something than someone else. It's about doing the best possible job you can do."

The art is divided into 13 categories -- acrylics/oils, watercolor/tempera, pencil, ink/scratchboard/printmaking, colored pencil, 3D design/sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, graphic design, pastel/crayon, mixed media and charcoal.

"Everybody has their favorites," Paul Grammon, a museum staffer, said of the categories.

He likes the pencil drawings; other staff members are drawn to the color in the acrylics and oils.

"It's amazing the talent high-schoolers can have," said Carolyn States, another museum staff member.

Each year, one school -- Norton this year -- plays host for the event. That includes hanging the artwork.

Students and teachers from Norton and Hill City pitched in for this year's exhibition, Grammon said.

"Hanging (the artwork) takes one full day," he said.

The art exhibition will be at the museum through March 9. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.