NORTH CANTON The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library in North Canton continues to host the annual "Art from the Classroom" exhibit through March 26.
The exhibit opened Feb. 2 with artwork created by preschool and elementary students from North Canton City Schools and St. Paul’s School.
The primary and preschool exhibit was open through Feb. 12. The Intermediate School exhibited Feb. 16 -26. The Middle School exhibit opened on March and is on display through March 12.
The high school will exhibit between March 16-26. Gallery Curator Elizabeth Blakemore said the primary and preschool’s opening reception had more than 1,200 people attend.
"We had people lined up through the library waiting to get into view the art works by the students," Blakemore said.
She said the exhibit of Art from the Classroom is important for a number of reasons. First, it shows the Gallery’s commitment to visual art education in the North Canton.
"Art is an important outlet for kids and having a showing like this is something they will never forget," Blakemore said. "I had my first exhibit in this gallery when I was an art student in high school and it’s something I’ve never forgotten. We have a large variety of creations this year including pencil drawings, collaborative pieces, acrylics, ceramics and metal etched embossed pieces," she said.
John Huston, art teacher at North Canton City Schools, had a couple of collaborative artworks on display. He said each student completes one part of the creation and then all the pieces are put together to form one painting.
"This art form allows students who can draw create the image while those who maybe can’t draw as well as others participate in creating a part of the painting by painting a piece of the floor or wall," Huston said.
North Canton Middle School student Stella Burick was exhibiting her pencil drawing of Malala, the teenager who was attacked by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan for advocating for girls’ education. Stella said Malala inspired her to accomplish great things.
"She’s inspiring to me because she stood up against great odds for women’s rights," Stella said. "Her story has made such an impact on me knowing she stood up for what she believed in has made me feel I can do the same in my life," she said.
Stella plans to go to cosmetology school after graduating high school. She said that using makeup enhances the beauty of the face which is like creating a work of art.
Community members, families, students, educators and patrons are invited to view the remaining exhibits throughout the month of March. The Little Art Gallery is inside the North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St. For more information, call 330-499-4712.