Gabrielle Savage hangs a piece of youth art at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts on Wednesday morning. The gallery features work by Steamboat Springs students at a First Friday Artwalk reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Photo by John F. Russell

Gabrielle Savage hangs a piece of youth art at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts on Wednesday morning. The gallery features work by Steamboat Springs students at a First Friday Artwalk reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Student ceramics exhibit features work with personal touch

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Opening reception for student art show

  • Friday, May 1, 2009, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave. , Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / Free

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— Students in Lisa Derning's Level 2 pottery class have a choice at the beginning of the course: hone their skills at throwing ceramics on a wheel or practice building them by hand.

They learn how to build large works at angles that will keep them from cracking in the kiln, and how to spin clay in line with the laws of physics - so it doesn't flop over or flail off the pottery wheel.

"They learn all of those building techniques in pottery 1, and in pottery 2 they really start to figure out their own design," Derning said.

A display of 3-D ceramics work by Derning's Steamboat Springs High School pottery students opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts. The show, part of First Friday Artwalk, also features work by students at Soda Creek Elementary School, Strawberry Park Elementary School, Lowell Whiteman Primary School and Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Titled "A Celebration of Steamboat Youth Art," the show includes work in a range of media, said Center for the Visual Arts gallery assistant Gabrielle Savage.

"We've got graphite portraits from the high schoolers, we've got some terrific stuff from Lowell Whiteman that's really funky; we've got watercolor paintings, mixed media stuff. : It's just a very interesting and colorful show - bold and colorful," Savage said.

Derning said her students contributed about 40 pieces to the show, which will be on display through the end of May. The exhibit gives students a chance to showcase the personal styles they've spent the semester developing, Derning said.

"You'll see a wide range of different styles. It's more oriented at creating your own project," she said. Derning tries to give all her advanced students a chance to get their work out of the school and available for public viewing; the Center for Visual Arts hosted the high school's AP studio art students in March, and East West Frame Shop hosted a one-night-only display for Derning's photography class during First Friday Artwalk in April.

The Center for Visual Arts also features pieces by more than 80 local artists who show their work at the gallery year-round. Today's reception includes child-friendly snacks.

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