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More than 100 Mt. Pleasant students to display art

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Linda Harkcom | for the Daily Courier
Surrounded by other entries, Bobbie Hauger, 18, of Mt. Pleasant Township and Katie Nemchik, 18, of Trauger hold work they have entered in Mt. Pleasant Area School District's Fine Arts Evening. Hauger's piece is titled 'The March of the Rejects' and Nemchik's piece is titled 'If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.' The free event is open to the public and will be held 6 p.m. Friday (May 24) in the Mt. Pleasant Area Junior/Senior High School Library.

The art teachers of the Mt. Pleasant Area School District are inviting the community to join them and several of their students for a Fine Arts Evening on Friday.

“The event is open to everyone in the community and we encourage the kids to bring their friends and family,” said art teacher Dianne Pyda, a National Art Society sponsor.

The annual event that features 2-D and 3-D and digital artwork from students in grades kindergarten through 12th will be held at 6 p.m. in the Mt. Pleasant Area Junior/Senior High School library.

Pyda said about 100 to 150 students will have work displayed at the event.

“I think it's important for the kids to feel pride about their work and display it and for people from the community to see what great talent we have here in Mt. Pleasant. We have a lot of talent here and sometimes the visual arts or any arts in general gets pushed to the back, and I think it's important to bring it to the forefront and show how important it is,” she said.

During the evening, awards for artistic achievement will be handed out. Ribbons will be awarded along with a cash prize for first place. Pyda said retired MPASD art teacher Lynn Hebda has been invited to participate as a judge at this year's event.

Also, new members will be inducted into the National Art Honor Society, which is a sponsor of the event.

Two NAHS members who will have work on display that evening are Bobbie Hauger, 18, of Mt. Pleasant Township and Katie Nemchik, 18, of Trauger.

Hauger will display a ceramic skull titled “The March of the Rejects.” She said most of her art is about school bullying.

“I like to be able to express myself through art through the school,” she said.

Nemchik said she is inspired by 1960s psychedelics and created “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” in that style. She said this is the first year she has displayed anything in the art show.

“I'm looking forward to seeing what it's all about. I've never been to an art show before,” she said.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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