The Grand Valley High School Art Department is overflowing with talent this year. The students have created many incredible works of art, and are putting them to the test by entering several local art shows.
The annual All County Art Show is held at the Henderson Memorial Library in Jefferson. Each year, art instructors from across Ashtabula County submit their students’ work for the show. From that large number, the art critics of the library pick a handful of works to be judged. The pieces are then divided into categories by age. Afterwards, the art is judged by the library’s appointed art critics. The judges select three of the pieces from each age group and rank them. These three pieces are considered to be the “Best of Show.” Following the “Best of Show” judging is a second judging. This time, however, the pieces are judged by the public attending the open house. The top three pieces in each category picked by the public are ranked and receive the “People’s Choice” award. The show will be displayed at the library throughout the month of April.
This year there were more than 170 pieces of art entered into the show, 39 of which were Grand Valley art students. Three of the students from Grand Valley were selected to receive honors from the Henderson Memorial Library. In the 15-16 year old category, sophomore Jessica Bluhm received first place in both “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” awards. In that same category, sophomore Elizabeth Boch received both a second place “Best of Show” award, and a third place “People’s Choice” award . In the 17-18 year old category, senior Emily Nye, received a second place “People’s Choice” award.
Art teacher Annie Peters is very enthusiastic about the show. “The All County Art Show at the Henderson Memorial Library is an exceptional opportunity for our Grand Valley art students to display their work,” Peters said. “It offers the opportunity to show alongside students from other schools. It’s something we look forward to every year.”
Grand Valley students have also entered their work into another art show occurring this month. The Middlefield Historical Society Art Show has also accepted the art work of 21 Grand Valley High School students. The show also features the work of other high school students from across Ashtabula and Geauga counties. The show is broken down into categories, varying by mediums. The show accepts a broad range of works ranging from 2-Dimensional paintings to sculptures. This show is judged and ribbons are awarded to the winners of each category.
“The Middlefield Historical Society Art Show has been a part of the Grand Valley High School art show circuit since 1995,” said Peters. “This show gives our art students a chance to exhibit with students from Geauga County. Some of the schools that enter are Chardon, Newbury, Berkshire, Ledgemont and Cardinal. It’s always a pleasure to see what other schools are creating and to share our art work. Spring is art show time and I am really thrilled that our students have so many venues for exhibition in addition to The Scholastic Art Show in Niles and our ‘in school’ art shows during the drama and music productions.”
The artworks will be on display in the Middlefield Historical Society Building, South State Street, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.