New Year New Art Field Trips

Published 9:43 am Tuesday, January 30, 2018


News release

On their first day back to school after several snow days in mid-January, third-graders of Jennie Rogers and Toliver elementary schools visited the Community Arts Center for an arts field trip.

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“We’re grateful to the support of our community partners who make our field trip program possible,” says Executive Director Niki Kinkade. “Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, the Presbyterian Church of Danville, and the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation have all joined forces to help underwrite this program for the 2017-2018 school year. It takes a village to provide high-quality art experiences — we’re lucky to have such a great village here in Danville!”

The field trip curriculum for the New Year New Art exhibit focuses on “artistic identity.” Because the only parameter for the exhibit is a stipulation that the artwork must be new  — created since August of 2017 — the pieces do not conform to a particular theme in terms of their content, medium or technique. 

However, Creative Director Brandon Long points out that all the pieces do share one thing in common — they are all reflections of the artists’ identity. 

“These pieces give us insights into the artists who created them,” says Long. “You can see glimpses of what is important to them, what their mood was like, or what was happening in their lives at the time that they created the artwork.”

Toliver 6- James Smith, Toliver 3rd grader, gestures while sharing his impressions of artist Mary Rezny’s artwork, “Amaryllis.”

When students visit the exhibit, they discuss the theme of artistic identity and create a mixed-media self-portrait inspired by one of the pieces in the exhibit.

On Exhibit

New Year New Art – through Feb.  23


• Lunch with the Arts: Ariel Winds — noon-1 p.m. Wednesday; $5/door  

• Nesting Mugs Workshop — 7-9 p.m. Feb. 6; $35/per pair of mugs

• Starry Night Studio: Daisy Pop — 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13; $35/person 

• Photo Editing Workshop — 6-8 p.m. Feb. 22; $30/person 

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JRE Group – Creative Director Brandon Long discusses a piece of artwork in the New year New Art exhibit with students from the Jennie Rogers 3rd grade class.

Shelby Teel – When asked to select her favorite artwork in the exhibit, Shelby Teel (JRE 3rd grade) picked a quilt – “Celestial Hoedown by Joni Morgan” – because the process reminded her of assembling jigsaw puzzles.

Nolan Bryant – JRE third grader Nolan Bryant proudly displayed his completed mixed media self-portrait.

Toliver 8 – Volunteer Karen Thornton assists Toliver 3rd grader Landon Alford with his mixed media self-portrait.