AP Art students’ work featured at Vivid Art Gallery’s “Seeing Blue” exhibit Dec. 1-22


Thirty-five of New Trier's AP Art Students will have their work featured at Vivid Art Gallery, located at 895 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, in an exhibition entitled "Seeing Blue." The opening reception will be held on Dec. 1 at the gallery's monthly "First Friday" event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with refreshments and live music.

"The idea was to give the students a taste of what it is like to be a working artist applying for an exhibition," said Mark Bowers, an Art faculty member who teaches one of the two AP classes that is participating. "It will be really exciting for them to see their work displayed in an actual gallery."

The exhibit is the culmination of a class assignment during which students were provided with a typical "Call to Artists" that explained the theme of the show and eligibility requirements, Bowers said. The exhibit will remain open until Friday, Dec. 22.

The idea for the New Trier exhibit developed out of conversations between Vivid Art Gallery owner Cynthia Burr and Bowers, who occasionally stops by the gallery during his bike rides.

"We talk about all things art, and Mark has been very supportive of the gallery," said Burr. "We are thrilled to be able to support New Trier and these young artists by providing exhibition space for their work."

The only requirement for the submitted artworks was that they reflect the artists' interpretation of a subject or theme enhanced by the color blue. The students' work encompasses a number of different media, including painting, embroidery, digital prints and ceramics. Each piece of 2-dimensional work is 8x10 in. and is priced at $115. All net proceeds of sales of the students' work will be donated to Hurricane Relief, a charity selected by the students themselves.