The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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April 30, 2013

Art exhibit opens at the Milton Area High School

MILTON — Students in the Milton Area School District are getting ready to show off their skills during the district’s annual art show, which begins tonight at the high school.

The show features artwork from students in kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of mediums and styles, said Cynthia Krebs, an art teacher at the Milton Area Middle School.

“This is a culminating event,” she said.

The show is open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Wednesday in the high school.

The show also will feature a silent auction tonight with works by local artists and Milton alumni up for grabs, Krebs said. Proceeds will benefit the art program, which is hoping to raise money to buy new display panels for future art shows.

Each student in grades one through five has a piece in the show, something that is important to show organizers, said Lauren Richie, who teaches at the White Deer Elementary School and the high school.

“I think it’s important that every student is recognized,” she said.

The show also gives the opportunity for students to show off their hands-on work, Krebs said.

“This is another outlet to express themselves,” she said.

And students are grateful for the opportunity to put themselves out there in a different way.

“You can put your emotions into (art),” said Chris Page, an eighth-grader helping to set up for the show.

For students in the school’s senior capstone, the show represents the culmination of their art careers in the school district with special displays filled with each students’ favorite pieces.

Rachael Noaker — who plans on minoring in art in college — was setting up her senior display Monday morning. Noaker said she first tried art after watching her mother work.

“She’s really good, and I’ve always looked up to her,” she said. “I tried it, and I realized I really liked it.”

For younger students who come through the art show, seeing older students’ work is a way for them to get excited about art, Richie said.

“It’s important that they see what they’re going to be doing next year,” she said. “They’re always asking, ‘When do we get to do that?’”

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