Students will have first show at Aiken Center for Arts

AIKEN --- Next month, the public will be introduced to budding young artists from the Aiken area.


Artwork created by students from Aiken Performing Arts Academy will be on exhibit at the Aiken Center for the Arts throughout December.

"This is the first time we have sent an exhibit down to the Aiken Center for the Arts," said Toby Reece, an art teacher at the academy. "We got on their list probably six or eight months ago for next month."

The collection of about 25 pieces represents a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, print-making and papier-mache sculptures.

Although this will be the first time the students have had an exhibit at the center, they are not novices when it comes to exhibiting their creations.

"We usually exhibit at the Western Carolina State Fair," Mr. Reece said. "We've done that for the past three years, and we sent a few things in for contests."

The students do well at contests and fairs, the art teacher said, often taking home ribbons and cash prizes.

The prizes are "not a lot, but it means a lot to them," he said. "It makes them feel good about themselves, about what they're doing in class."

The academy, a charter school that emphasizes visual and performing arts, has 55 students. It will be moving into a new building on Vaucluse Road by the first of the year.

"It's a really good atmosphere here because it's so small," Mr. Reece said. "We have kids who have problems fitting in other places, and because we're small all the teachers know all the students."

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