MCHS Hosts The Big 8 Art Show

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Me­gan Davis

Bright color, bold lines and one-of-a-kind de­signs filled the McDon­ald County High School gym over the week­end as the county hosted the Big 8 Middle School Art Show. Art­work from more than 1,000 stu­dents in the Big 8 district was dis­played, with a va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing me­dia across more than 40 cat­e­gories. Big 8 schools in­clude Monett, Cassville, La­mar, Mount Ver­non, Aurora, Seneca and McDon­ald County.

McDon­ald County has six middle-school art teach­ers spread through­out the county. These teach­ers got to­gether ear­lier this month to re­view this year’s art­work from sixth- to eighth­grade stu­dents. They then se­lected five sub­mis­sions to be en­tered into each ap­pli­ca­ble cat­e­gory — from dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy to re­cy­cled art.

It was no easy task.

“It was chal­leng­ing nar­row­ing down dozens of sub­mis­sions from each school to only five per cat­e­gory,” said White Rock art teacher and event or­ga­nizer Holly Huber. “There were so many good pieces!”

McDon­ald County High School’s gym was packed with re­pur­posed items and re-imag­ined con­cepts on Satur­day. A pa­per-mache dragon the size of an adult hung sus­pended in the air by the doors as guests came and went. Melted crayons cre­ated a spec­trum of color across can­vasses on the wall. A clay box, del­i­cately crafted to re­sem­ble a pineap­ple, drew eyes from across the room. Guests were drawn in ev­ery di­rec­tion as new art caught their at­ten­tion.

It was easy to for­get the artists re­spon­si­ble for these works aren’t even of age to drive a ve­hi­cle, yet they are able to cap­ti­vate en­tire rooms with their skill.

Art was placed on dis­play Thurs­day morn­ing, and recog­ni­tion was given that af­ter­noon. Works were judged by five vol­un­teers from the com­mu­nity, of dif­fer­ing back­grounds. On Fri­day morn­ing, artists in­volved in the show were granted a sneak peak at the re­sults.

“The district was kind enough to al­low the art teach­ers to bus stu­dents in on Fri­day to see their art,” said Huber. “Me and the other teach­ers were tear­ing up as the kids poured in. It was so re­ward­ing to see them get ex­cited about their rib­bons and take pic­tures in front of their projects.”

This fully-func­tion­ing (and de­tailed) lamp was the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort of Mrs. Robin Barnes’ eighth-grade class in Pineville. Each panel was dec­o­rated with a unique im­age that shines from within.

Par­ents, stu­dents and art en­thu­si­asts gath­ered to view lo­cal cre­ations in the Big 8 Middle School Art Show. En­tries cov­ered a va­ri­ety of medi­ums, from paint to pipe clean­ers.

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