Thursday, April 1, 2021

Northville Art House exhibits work of local students

The Northville Art House is celebrating the spirit of creativity in Northville Public Schools through two exhibitions, the Northville High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Art Exhibition and the Northville Public Schools Virtual Art Exhibition, on view until April 14.

The Northville High School IB Art Exhibition is a culmination of the annual International Baccalaureate Art program at Northville High School. In the program, students explore skills, techniques, processes, and vocabulary which they use to pursue an in-depth investigation of art and this self-curated group exhibition, an art house spokesman said. In the exhibition, 19 students are displaying their best work along with a written rationale at the Northville Art House.

“The IB Art students showed a passion for art throughout and despite this pandemic. I am so proud of their commitment to create artwork that is meaningful and personal. These pieces have a connection not only to the artist, but hopefully to all who view them. We thank the art house for their generous donation of the time and space to house this special and unique exhibition,” said Monika Miller, lead instructor of the IB art program at Northville High School. 

The Northville Public Schools Virtual Art Exhibition, which began in 1999, takes place annually to promote the appreciation and importance of arts education. This year art house will present online the artwork of 27 students in Grades 6 - 12 from Meads Mill Middle School, Hillside Middle School, and Northville High School. The students' work is juried and prizes totaling more than $100 will be awarded. The public is invited to view and comment on the artwork and exhibition at 

Brian Balcoff, Instructor and coordinator for the NPS Virtual Art Exhibition at Northville High School, shares, “Art is like a handwritten letter, hot soup, and a glass of Vernors - soothing, restorative, and simply heartfelt! Thank you to the art students for bringing a smile to my face, time after time, year after year, and school day after school day,” said Brian Balcoff, instructor and coordinator for the Northville Public Schools Virtual Art Exhibition.

The Northville Art House offers free admission during gallery hours, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday - Saturday. The Art House will be closed Easter weekend, April 2 - 4. Visitors are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. The Northville Art House is located at 215 W. Cady in Northville.

 The exhibit will include: Hamin Park, Northville High School, 11th grade, My Pet Fish, above left; Hana Ichikawa, Northville High School, 11th grade, Abundance, above center, and Sierra Haran, Hillside Middle School, 6th grade, Pineapple Vacation, above right.

The Northville Art House is a nonprofit 501(c)3 art facility located in historic downtown Northville. 

The Art House has cultivated the Arts through creative experiences and educational programs in the Metro Detroit community since 2005.

Gallery exhibitions, art fairs, and an artisan store present the work of local and international emerging and established artists. In-house workshops, virtual classes, and community outreach provide art education in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, hand-sculpture, photography, graphic design, crafts, and mixed-media.

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