//Van Gogh in the making
3D art by Garrett Barno, a 5th grade student from Gardens Elementary School on display in SC4’s Fine Arts Gallery.

Van Gogh in the making

Elementary students from St. Clair County display their art

Hannah Hunter
Staff Writer

After months of planning, the 46th annual Beatrice Thorton exhibit is finally underway.
Planning for this exhibit takes months of preparation. Local elementary school staff and SC4 staff start to get the ball rolling for preparation as early as November. The elementary exhibit is one of two parts to this show.
The high school exhibit will kick off Thursday, March 6 with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. in the SC4 Fine Arts building.
The elementary exhibit took place from Feb. 3 through Feb. 20. Families could be seen wandering the halls of the Fine Arts building admiring student’s artwork. Students are able to view their artwork at a place where they can further their education in the not-so-near future.
At the elementary exhibit reception held on Feb. 3, a crowd of 1,000 people came out to celebrate with the young artists. The exhibit consists of 2D and 3D art. There are approximately 1,000 2D pieces and 150 3D art sculptures.
The exhibit was named after Beatrice Thorton, a much loved local art teacher. Until eight years ago, this exhibit was held at the local historical museum.
It became so large that SC4 was asked to help display a portion of the student art. Six years ago, the Beatrice Thorton exhibit was moved completely to the SC4 Fine Arts Building.
With every year that the exhibit continues, the number of piece submission goes up, which means the number of young artists in our community is rising.
“I think it’s a great community outreach” said Karen Jezewski, fine arts building Secretary.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.