Forty-three pieces of art are going on display from Columbian High School juniors and seniors during their annual art exhibition, to be on the Tiffin University campus Saturday.
Students in art teacher Robert Johnston's art investigations and senior portfolio classes have prepared art works in media such as charcoal, acrylic paint, silk screening, digital art, three-piece narratives and more to be placed in the Diane Kidd Gallery in the Hayes Center for the Arts on the TU campus.
Students with art in the show are seniors Kendra Bosse, Shannon Cole, Ashley Niedermier, Jacob Cooper, Brent Jeffrey, Chaneice Jones, Kayla Magrum, Alysia Scherger and Zachariah Young; and juniors Raini Biddle, Joshua Briggs, Justin Brose, Kristina Confesor, Saffron Florea, Catherine Hade, Laura Heminger, Kordell Hunt, Jordan Jarrett, Tawny Sarver, Eric Schermer and Michaela Sharlow.
The theme for this year's exhibit is "Art is Forever." The title came from the nature of art always being there and a way to express oneself, Cole said.
Cole is in the art investigations class and is planning on putting one piece in the show. The piece is titled "Grandpa's Pride and Joy." It is a monochromatic piece, or the use of only one color, in all purples, Cole said. It is a portrait piece of her brother-in-law during his wedding.
Cole said her idea for the piece was from her love of monochromatic pieces and her having done a similar piece in blues. She said she wanted to challenge herself by using a more difficult color.
Art for Cole is a way to relieve stress. She plans to attend college to study culinary arts, but plans to continue to do art as a hobby.
Also in the art investigations class is Ashley Niedermier. She is planning on having two works in the show.
One, "The Birds and Bees," is a series of three charcoal drawings. The drawings are portraits of a girl and a guy with a baby in the middle. The girl is depicted with a bird's nest in her hair and the guy has a honey comb as a hat. The baby is then a mixture of the two images.
The idea came to Niedermier after she just started sketching. She plans to attend art school and to also go into freelance illustration or design.
"Art is always happening," Niedermier said. "It's changing, but you can adapt it in your own way."
Kendra Bosse is placing a more technical piece in the show. The piece is a figure drawing of a girl she completed during an art camp at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
The piece is to be part of her portfolio for when she is ready to attend art school after high school. She is hoping to have a career in graphic design and possibly advertising.
Bosse said she enjoys art because it lets her express what she can't put into words.
"Art is something that anyone can relate to," Bosse said. "You can put your creative spin on something and one piece can mean one thing to someone and another thing to someone else."