Student artwork on display at AOI

Published 9:05 am Monday, December 12, 2016

Down the rabbit hole and to the mad tea-party guests will go during an “Alice in Wonderland” themed art presentation and winter festival of sorts complete with a charity component.

Students at Academy of Innovation are presenting their art projects in the school’s gym, 1315 Grove St., Tuesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The show, called “Art in Wonderland,” will have the artwork on display to the public for free.

“We want as many people to come as possible,” art teacher Hannah Gersh said. “I’m really proud of their work, so I want to show it off.”

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In addition to the art show, there will be activities and carnival-type games to play in different classrooms for $1 per ticket or a $10 wristband for access to everything.

Some of the activities will include a box maze, bouncy house, watching the “Alice and Wonderland” movie and face painting.

All money raised through the event will go to the Warren County Children’s Shelter. The students voted on the charity they wanted to support, and along with the Penny Harvest fundraiser the school district is also participating in, the school will be giving an extra large gift to the shelter.

“I have a team of students who are really planning the art show. They came up with three options, and they had the whole school vote on which one they wanted to benefit,” Gersh said.

She hopes to raise at least $200 through the event.

The seventh and eighth grade students have been working on multiple types of artwork throughout semester and wanted to share their hard work with the community. From sculptures to paintings plus watercolors, collages, drawings and prints, each piece will be displayed for the public to see.

“The kids are really proud of their artwork. I hope there is a good turnout because I don’t want them to be disappointed. I want a lot of people to see their art,” she said.

Some students want to auction off their work and others have set a price on their pieces to sell at the show. Gersh wants the community to attend the show so they can see all the pieces her students have spent time experimenting with and creating.

“They’ll also get to vote for their favorite artwork. Whichever one is chosen will get framed and hung in the office,” Gersh said. She said one of the parents is even organizing a raffle with donated items from Katzenmeyer’s and a gift certificate from a local salon up for grabs to make more money for the charity.