The Lakewood Arts Council is showcasing student art as part of its August exhibitions.
Students from the Art and Soul Program of the Developmental Disability Resource Center (DDRC) and from the city of Lakewood’s Youth Summer Arts Programs at Washington Heights will have their work on display at the gallery, 85 S. Union Blvd., through Sept. 5.
“All the students are extremely proud to have their work on display,” said Jim Olson, education program coordinator at Washington Heights. “The LAC has been great to give us a chance to have our kids’ work on display in a real gallery.”
The LAC has opened its gallery to students for the past five years as a way to encourage them to pursue their artistic passions, and to explore galleries and museums, according to Gail Firmin, with the LAC.
Submissions from the classes at Washington Heights came in all forms, from pottery and painting to weaving and sculpture.
“It’s a nice, culminating thing for our students to see their stuff on display at the end of the camps,” Olson said. “They get a chance to bring their family to an art gallery and show them their work.”
Olson said the students pick their favorite work to go on display, which means visitors will get to see what the students are most proud of.
The students at the DDRC are also thrilled to have their work displayed, according to Marge Walsh, a mentor at the center.
“It’s an opportunity for them to show everyone that handicapped people can produce some really lovely artwork,” she said.
Students at the DDRC get to pick what they want to paint from a collection of photographs, and Walsh said they work hard to complete their work in their own way.
“At the end you have these really lovely paintings of a variety of images,” she said.
For more information on the exhibits, go online to www.lakewoodartscouncil.org.