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‘Embracing Our Diversity’: JC Arts Center opens student art show

by Hatcher Hurd

April 15, 2014

This interesting multimedia work shows how despite diversity in the way we look and dress, what is notable is how much the same we are. HATCHER HURD/Staff.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – What do we mean when we talk about diversity in our society?

That is what middle school and high school students were asked to reveal in the art they have produced for the annual Johns Creek Arts Center showing April 19.

Arts Center Director Gail Hisle and the JC Arts Center Board will host a reception for the public from 3 to 5 p.m. for an exhibition of young artists' work in the theme "Embracing Our Diversity."

"It is amazing to see the work that these young people created. We asked them to interpret diversity, and they made some amazing things. Their creativity is unbelievable," Hisle said. "One amazing student from the Lionheart School made a beautiful picture of butterflies from the shavings of colored pencils."

Many of the artists, such as the ones from Lionheart School, deal with learning disabilities every day, yet their creativity and talent is irrepressible.

"There are so many forms of diversity in our society – age, race, religion, culture. And what's wonderful about art is it lets you express it in so many ways," she said. "Art lets students with learning disabilities find expression in ways that leave me in awe."

Students were allowed to use any medium they desired, and the effect was to have an exhibition in a diverse number of media including paint, ceramics, papier-mâché, photography, mixed media and photography.

An international menu is included in the refreshments, to complement the festivities.

Student Art Show

WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 3-5 p.m.

WHERE: Johns Creek Arts Center

6290 Abbotts Bridge Road

Building 700

WHAT: Embracing Our Diversity

WHO: Students fifth through 12th grades

ADMISSION: Free

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