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Art show aims to equip students with iPads

Published 12:34pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Alexander City Schools Education Foundation is on a mission to put an iPad in the hand of every student and is using art to help accomplish it.

The foundation will host its fourth annual art exhibit April 8 and is inviting the community to get involved.

“We’re starting our new iPad initiative and trying to have a one-to-one ratio of one iPad for every student,” said Leanne Calhoun, president of the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation. “The art exhibit is one of the fundraisers we do to help support that goal.

We invite everyone to submit art.”
Calhoun said the exhibit serves as a fundraiser for the foundation and as a way for local artists to gain recognition.

“We’re really excited to be able to offer something different to our many local artists,” Calhoun said. “We feel like this is a fun event to help school system, as well as showcase what amazing talent we have in the community.”

Community members can submit up to two entries per person. The registration fee is $20 for the first entry and $15 for the second. Child artists are eligible to enter one piece of art for $5.

Calhoun said the exhibit will highlight several different types of art in categories such as oil, watercolor, pastel or acrylic, photography, digital art, graphic art, drawing, mixed medium and 3-D including sculpture, stained glass, ceramics, pottery and carvings.

Registration for the art exhibit will be held from noon until 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4.

Art will be judged in categories related to age with the adult category being ages 19 and up, young adult ranging from ages 13-18 and children’s category spanning ages 5-12.

Cash prizes are available for adult and young adult categories in first, second and third place and ribbons will be awarded to winners in the children’s categories Calhoun said.

Winners will be announced at a community reception held at 5:30 p.m. at city hall April 8.

“In the past we’ve had the exhibit at the Board of Education,” Calhoun said. “We’re hoping by moving to city hall we’ll encourage more citizen participation this year.”

She said art will remain on display at city hall from April 9-April 12 but may be picked up the following week.

“The art will remain throughout that week for anyone to view,” Calhoun said. “In the past we’ve had a wide variety submitted so it’s really a very neat thing to see. We have a community that’s very talented in the arts, and it blows me away every year what local talent we have.”

For more information, contact Roxanne Kelley at the Alexander City Board of Education at 256-234-5074.

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