Pauls Valley Democrat
While Oklahoma can certainly claim its share of artistic influence in every one of its larger metros, there remains plenty of individuals in the remaining smaller cities looking for a chance to showcase their talents.
Joining the Garvin County art scene in such a quest is the Paoli School District, which is hoping to encourage not just their own students to share their creativity, but anyone else in the region as well.
Led by one of the students, Bailey Chapels, and high school instructor Rebecca Jones, a show looking for everything from photography to sculptures will grace the school’s library March 13-15.
“We’re going to solicit from the student body and the community and see what we can get,” said Jones.
“We want anybody no matter the age who would like to submit something.”
An idea that’s long been in the works for those like Jones and Chaples, they had actually tossed around suggestions to do something the previous year.
It’s also an ambitious project for a school that has just enough of a student body to do a yearbook and one art class, taught this year by Kent Stewart, but is part of a goal to offer an extra outlet for those who want to express themselves outside of the normal classroom setting.
There’s no cost to participate with other categories including drawings and paintings.
All art work is due by Tuesday, March 12 at noon in the high school library and can be viewed there by the public on Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14 from 2 to 5 p.m.
The school is also accepting donations of different kinds of gift items for prizes from individuals or businesses that will be presented to winners, who will be picked by judges and honored during a reception on Friday, March 15 from 3 to 6 p.m., said Jones.
Since it is open to anyone willing to drop off an entry, there is no age limit and artwork needs to be dropped off during school hours, which are between 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
“We want them to go after these interests even if we don’t have courses,” said Jones, who wishes she had the more talent to create art and said it is always neat to see one’s work on display.
“We have some students who like to play around in it and we want to encourage them to pursue it… It’s always fun to see it hanging up.”
All artwork needs to have the person’s name, grade if applicable, address and phone number given when turned in. The reception will have cookies and punch.
For more information contact Chaples at 405-484-7507 or Jones at 918-557-3211.