Little Masters Exhibit features works by Dickson County students

Release Date: 12/2/2003. Expired: 1/10/2004

Visitors to the Visual Arts Gallery in The Renaissance Center in Dickson can take a tour around the world and even travel back in time with art created by Dickson County students.

The 5th annual Little Masters Art Exhibit is a World Tour that includes six continents and an ancient civilization represented by various artworks. It is on display through Jan. 10 and there will be two receptions with refreshments 5-7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 1-3 p.m. Dec. 13.

“Art instructors at 11 Dickson County schools chose a country or culture for their theme and their students created art pieces within that theme,” said Curtis Southerland, curator for the Visual Arts Gallery. “The art faculty at The Renaissance Center worked with the teachers to develop a series of art lessons concentrating on each school’s theme.”

The exhibit includes a variety of two- and three-dimensional artworks in various mediums that are imaginatively displayed with travel trunks, bags and suitcases to further promote the World Tour theme.

Dickson County schools participating and their themes are:
The Discovery School, teacher Sherry Rochelle: ancient Egypt;
Charlotte Elementary School, teacher Gwen Daniel: Mexico;
Stuart-Burns Elementary School, teacher Bobby Baggett: Japan;
Centennial Elementary School, teacher Elaine Brown: Native American;
Dickson Elementary School, teacher Sherry Rochelle: Australia;
Vanleer Elementary School, teacher Amanda Hughes: Africa;
Oakmont Elementary School, teacher Johnny Fussell: South America;
Dickson Middle School, teacher Lisa Moore, Italy;
Dickson County High School, teachers Patricia Hudson and Kay Welton: Fantasy Land;
White Bluff Elementary School, teacher Melissa Williams: North America;
Charlotte Elementary School, teacher Lynn Harter, France.

“Our annual Little Masters Art Exhibit gives us a chance to showcase artwork created by Dickson County school students and creates a new and exciting way to work with the school system in promoting art education, which is a critical part of the mission of The Renaissance Center,” Southerland said. “We enjoy working with art teachers through special projects, in-service workshops and field trips to make sure the arts thrive in our public schools.”

The Visual Arts Gallery is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and admission is free. The public also is invited to the free receptions.

Southerland and the center’s Multimedia Department will be producing a new television program for the Renaissance Channel called In The Gallery, which will feature each exhibit on display in the Visual Arts Gallery. The first episode will feature the Little Masters Art Exhibit and will be produced during the Dec. 5 reception.

For more information on the Visual Arts Gallery and its exhibits, contact Southerland at (615)740-5519 or .

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

Visit the Visual Arts Gallery page for more about the gallery.

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