The artists and instructors at the Washington Heights Arts Center have a chance to shine in a new exhibit at the Lakewood Cultural Center.
“Create: Discovering the Art Within” show will be on display through Aug. 30 in the Mezzanine Gallery in the Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway.
The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The show is made up of works in paper-making, pottery and threadwork from instructors at Washington Heights, 6375 West 1st Ave., and their students.
“One of our goals is to get more people thinking about how they can create their own art,” said Lorene Joos, arts curator with the city.
“We want to inspire people to look for their own creativity, and Washington Heights is a great place to do that.”
A show focusing on work from Washington Heights is not an annual occurrence, but rather something that happens every couple of years to show off new things happening at the center.
“Washington Heights is so welcoming to people, and it’s just a great place to learn,” Joos said.
Washington Heights director Jim Olson said artwork is always on display at the center, but since it doesn’t get as many visits as the cultural center, the show is a good chance for people to see some of the work coming from Washington Heights.
“The works on display come from this summer’s classes, and we have wall pieces and more three-dimensional ones,” Olson said.
“We tried to get a mix in all the mediums of traditional pieces and contemporary work.”
The attention to detail in all the works is extreme, and Olson said the viewer can see just as much by inspecting the pieces up close as they can by taking a step back and viewing the work as a whole.
Olson said he hopes the show will interest people enough for them to stop by Washington Heights and see what it has to offer.
“Part of the fun of this place is there is always something going on,” he said.
For more information, visit www.lakewood.org/exhibits.