Area students committed to art

As the title of their show suggests, Calvert Catholic High School students showing art in the 2013 art exhibition, “One Show Committed to Art,” at Tiffin University are truly dedicated.

The show was Saturday afternoon in the Diane Kidd Gallery and will run through Jan. 24. Featured are mediums including photography, charcoal, ink drawing, paint, oil and acrylic; and much more.

“The students this year are taking risks and are proving to be ‘gutsy,'” art teacher Marla Shultz said.

There are over 50 pieces of art in the exhibit from students Sydney Allen, Michael Bennett, Monica Bickley, Nicole Bickley, Emma Brodman, Madison Daniel, Eric Elchert, Nicole Fretz, Megan Funkhouser, Lindsay Horn, Allison Huss, Christan Huss, Stasia Huth-Fretz, Emily Lutz, Cassie Recker, Austin Schultz, Miranda Shorts and Ian Warnement. Students showed pieces from Shultz’s advanced art classes, which is made up of art II, III and IV students; and graphic art I, and II.

Schultz had five pieces in the show. One, titled “Caps,” is an impressionistic self-portrait made of hundreds of bottle caps of different shapes and sizes. Schultz completed this piece in his free time, to be entered into a recycling themed art contest for the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. Schultz saved caps and had many donated to him.

“It was very satisfying to see this piece finished,” he said.

He got the idea from a photo online. Schultz also is to enter his piece into the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus.

Horn is very fond of photography, saying it is really expressive. She has two pieces in the show. One, “Broken Glass,” is an image of a rusty truck with a broken windshield which was done as a project to portray a fall setting.

“I love learning different techniques and seeing different things in a new perspective,” Horn said.

There were many elements presented at the show. One piece was a conglomeration of 9 students from Shultz’s advanced art class. The piece was a practice piece with yarn and nails. Students used the nails and yarn to make their initial on a piece of board.

“This is the student’s unique approach and shows their ability to problem solve,” Shultz said. “The show was hung in different visual, color themes. It is fun to see it organized this way,” Shultz said.

The Diane Kidd Gallery is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday or by appointment. The gallery is located on the campus of Tiffin University in the Hayes Center for the Arts. For more information, call (419) 448-3427.