The recent art exhibit at the city community center certainly was something new for our small town. One of the things that immediately impressed me the most was how well the response was met by local artists. Not simply artists from the immediate community came, but from across the whole region of the state. As well, the community center directors and the exhibition staff did a fabulous job of getting the exhibition area ready and decorating the facility in response to the event theme. The black and gold streamers, table dressings, and flower arrangements really provided an ambience to the event and tied the overall theme to the particular style and motif of each of the stations that featured different types of art and expressive work.
My only reservation for this year’s event is that no category was provided for photographic works of art. This seems to be an area that is growing in the community with the opening of several small portrait and photograpic companies that have sprung up in the area in the last few years. Also, the local high school and the local technical college have both started programs for photography.