Student showcase: Newton County Library host to youth art exhibit

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COVINGTON -- Newton County students are getting to show off their artwork this month.

The Newton County School System, in collaboration with the Arts Association of Newton County, is holding its annual True Colors Youth Art Exhibit until March 26 at the Newton County Library, which is located at 7116 Floyd St. in Covington.

"The exhibit holds the work of student artists from all of the schools in the Newton County School district," said Kenneth Proctor, elementary curriculum director at NCSS. "Student works incorporate a number of art media, sizes, shapes and dimensions."

Earlier this school year, art teachers in Newton County schools selected 10 pieces from 10 artists in each school in kindergarten through 12th grades.

"The pieces have been created during the 2009-10 school year, and the duration of the time taken to create the pieces varies as to the complexity and difficulty," Proctor said.

This is the seventh year for the exhibit, which East Newton Elementary School art teacher Karen Greene helped get started.

"We really needed a countywide exhibit and an opportunity to showcase students across elementary to high schools," she said. "It's become an annual event. It's really a chance for students who go above and beyond in the arts a chance to be showcased. ... It's quite an honor to be chosen."

The annual event coincides with Youth Art Month.

"This exhibit is a great opportunity to showcase the artistic talents of our public school students," said Abigail Coggin, young artist director at the Newton County Arts Association. "We have amazing talent in our community that starts at such a young age, and with the guidance of our art instructors, the talent blossoms."

Proctor encourages students, parents, teachers and other residents to visit the library to see the exhibit.

"The exhibition is a wonderful way to show the citizens of Newton County the talents of the young artists in our schools," Proctor said. "I would encourage (residents) to come to take a look at the work and to continue to support art education in our schools."

Officials at the library said guests enjoy coming in to see the colorful and unique pieces of art work.

"We enjoy having it every year," said Stevin Herald at the information desk. "I'm amazed at the artistic quality of work and how good children are at their ages."

The art exhibit will remain up at the library until March 26. Afterward, select pieces will be on display at the Newton County Board of Education offices, located at 2109 Newton Drive N.E. in Covington.

The library's hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; the library is closed on Sundays.