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Students showcasing art

More than 500 people turned out at the Community Arts Center on Friday night for the opening reception of the 2018 Student Showcase. This annual exhibit is a collaboration between the Arts Center, the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County and schools throughout the county. The Arts Commission coordinates the Youth Art Fair — located on the second floor of the building — which features artwork by students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf, Danville Christian Academy, Sunrise Children’s Services, Danville High School, Boyle County middle and high schools, John W. Bate Middle School, Jennie Rogers, Toliver, Hogsett, Perryville, Junction City and Woodlawn elementaries, and area homeschool students. The Grand Hall gallery displays artwork by Centre College students.

Photos by Kate Snyder/Community Arts Center

Kindergartner Cynthia Rogers (Hogsett Elementary) gets a boost from her dad, Jamey Rogers, to pose near her artwork.

Ella Swafford (Boyle County Middle School) shows her piece to her mother, Christina Swafford, and friend, Emma Acey.

Danville High School student Gabby Kirkpatrick created her vibrant lion using only forks and her hands — no paintbrushes. Her artwork was chosen for inclusion in a special exhibit at Stuart Powell Field being organized by the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County.

Oliver Longnecker, a student at John W. Bate Middle School, shows off his artwork.

Parker and Raegyn Stinnett came to the opening reception still dressed in their Dr. Seuss finery, having celebrated the author’s birthday at school that day.