‘It’s Not Elementary XIX’ Opens Feb. 12

| February 5, 2009

If you ask kindergarteners at the Sweet Briar Campus School what they like most about painting, the general consensus is “It’s messy.” Understandably then, the artistic medium used by the 4- and 5-year-olds is washable paint. “Because we are messy,” teacher Dena Lowman said.

This past fall, kindergarteners and preschoolers at the school, which is located on the Sweet Briar College campus, made paintings that will be featured in “It’s Not Elementary XIX,” an annual exhibition of artwork by children from the campus school.

The exhibit opens in the College’s Benedict Gallery on Thursday, Feb. 12 with a private reception for students and their families and runs through May 24. Admission is free.

According to Lowman, each student did five paintings, and chose one to enter in the show. Subjects range from flowers and butterflies to barns and bulldozers, and students also titled their own work. The kindergarteners also will show sculptures, she said.

Nancy McDearmon, registraral assistant for the Sweet Briar Gallery, called “It’s Not Elementary” the “most well-received show of the year,” saying the professors who work in Benedict Hall “usually have to make a comment [such as] ‘Oh, the children are back!’ It makes them happy. It’s the happy show.”

Isabella Formento, a sophomore at Sweet Briar, coordinated the exhibit as a field study for the Arts Management Certificate. She worked closely with Lowman and, with assistance from McDearmon, mounted and framed the students’ artwork. She said the experience has made an impact on her future career plans.

“I have always been interested in studying decorative arts, in addition to fine arts,” the archeology major and film studies minor said. “Working in the art gallery, along with my experience working in the Sweet Briar Museum, has only helped to intensify my passion.

“I enjoy working behind the scenes to bring cultural experiences to the public. With a degree in archeology and an Arts Management Certificate, I hope to be able to curate and direct many other future exhibitions.”

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Friday and 1 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Admission is free and group tours are available by appointment. For more information, contact Karol Lawson, galleries director, at [email protected] or (434) 381-6248.

The Sweet Briar Campus School provides an onsite laboratory setting for college students in the early childhood education and child development programs. It also offers quality, developmentally appropriate early education for children from Sweet Briar and the local community.

The following students will exhibit artwork at the show:

Andrew Fluharty
Conner Morris
Erin Coffey
Grace Hochstein
Haleigh Onestinghel
Jack Berlin
Jonathon Bell
Kaelyn Ramsey
Kallena Branham
Lauren Eby
Lorraine Lilly
Madison Kuhn
McKenna Coots
Morgan Barker
Ridley Sisson

Ethan Bachman
Hayden Campbell
Jonah Cunningham
Jackson Downey
Ainsley Eubank
Heidi Lineburg
James Litchford
Sheridan Maines
Max Morcom
Mark Robinson
Nicole Tomlin
Claire Tuggle

 — Suzanne Ramsey

Category: Art Galleries