Library showcases student art
For the third consecutive year, Heights Libraries is partnering with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Visual Arts Department to host the Creative Heights District-Wide Art Show at the library’s Lee Road branch. The show runs April 17 to May 18, with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The exhibit will features hundreds of pieces of art created by children in kindergarten through grade 12, in media ranging from pencil and chalk, photography, sculpture, pottery and painting, to papier-mâché, printmaking and metal.
The show’s pieces were selected by district art teachers and judged by a jury of community artists. Awards for first place, second place and honorable mention will be given for each school, and one award for best in show will be given for elementary, middle and high school level art.
“The artwork in this show is always extraordinary,” said Nancy Levin, library director. “It’s not just the skill level, which is incredible, but the creativity and energy and joy the students express in their artwork. It’s truly a reflection of the hard work of both the students and the art teachers in the district.”
The art will be displayed throughout the Lee Road building in every department and on every floor so members of the community can view the pieces whenever the building is open.
“The Heights community is home to creative artists of all kinds, so we are thrilled to show how our students are carrying on the artistic spirit of our community,” said Ida Bergson, art teacher at Canterbury Elementary School and one of the show’s organizers. “We feel honored to be invited to use the Lee Road branch, a hub of Cleveland Heights, as our gallery. Being supported by our arts organizations and having a panel of local judges also makes recognizing our students even more meaningful.”
Additional partners include Reaching Heights, the Heights Alumni Association and Blick Art Supplies.
The district’s musical arts department will also participate in the show on April 17, with one of Heights High's chamber orchestra groups performing in the Lee Road lobby beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Lee Road branch is located at 2345 Lee Road, and is open Monday though Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1–5 p.m.
Sheryl Banks is the communications manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System.