Lauren Elizabeth DiRe
Over 230 works of art are displayed in the Ballard Public Library. All made by Ballard High School students.

Ballard High School artists display 235 works of art at the Ballard Library

By Lauren Elizabeth DiRe, Intern

Ballard High School artists are displaying 235 works of art at the Ballard Public Library this month. An Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., giving the public the opportunity to purchase the pieces on display.

The artwork in the exhibition includes photography, fine art, ceramics, jewelry, and digital art.

The annual exhibition gives students the “chance to see what it’s like to be a professional artist,” said Therese Macdonald, a Ballard High School Art Booster.

Student work went on display May 1 and will stay up through May 20. The two opportunities to purchase the artwork will be during the Artist Reception, and then again the morning of May 20 when the remaining artwork will be taken down.

“This year we’re also having students give us permission to reproduce some of their art photographically so we can produce note cards and potentially a calendar to raise funds for the art department at Ballard High School,” said Kim Owens, who runs the art show along with MacDonald.

Although some students create their work as a hobby and choose not to sell it, the majority of the displayed pieces are for sale. Owens said that last year at least 75 percent of what was on display was sold.

The art show has been steadily growing over the past five years, and next year may even include poetry.

“We want to help Ballard High School students really see themselves as artists,” MacDonald said. With the help of the Ballard Public Library, each year it becomes a reality.

During the Artist Reception on May 14th, there will be five student films playing on loop, as well as a live music performance by five students of the school's award-winning music department. The ensemble will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. Snacks and drinks will also be provided.

Visit the Ballard Library at any time during hours of operation to see the artwork.

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