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
WHAT: Embracing Our Diversity
WHO: Students fifth through 12th grades