ARTSNCT shows the work of young artists

ARTSNCT shows the work of young artists

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From the beginning, Arts Center of Newcomerstown has brought communities together in the tri-county area by featuring local artists in monthly art exhibits, offering a variety of free community events and awarding its Manuel Yingling Music Award.

Currently on exhibit at the center is “Art to Love,” a collection of artworks created by Newcomerstown high school and middle school students.

“The local students utterly amaze me each year,” said Michael Wise, ARTSNCT executive director, “whether it be the pieces from this student art show or the imaginative pizza box art submitted each October to our annual pizza box art competition. Searching for the proper adjectives to describe what I see is difficult. Not trying to be redundant, but I must say the art is absolutely fantastic, wonderful, creative and amazing.”

Wise and his board of directors were so taken by one piece of pizza box art they invited Newcomerstown High School junior Marlie Moner to expand upon her image to create a mural inside the center’s rear door.

The mural features three astronauts floating about on rockets among the stars and planets while playing musical instruments and planting an ARTSNCT flag on a lunar surface.

Moner painted the initials “KB” on the name tag of the central astronaut in memory of her schoolmate Kenslee Brandon, who died in an accident.

The center’s reach to other communities continues by welcoming an exhibit of ceramic pieces from Claymont High School students from April 2-30. An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 2 from 2-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“We began 2022 with renewed hopes and goals,” Wise said. “On behalf of our board of directors and our board of advisors, I wish to take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude to our community and friends for the support and encouragement we have received. We are very proud of our accomplishments and what we have been able to offer.

“We believe that the results of our programs speak louder than any words could, and the support we have received from our community, our county and our state affirms that we are doing something right. Continue with us on this amazing journey and you can expect more awesome things to come from ARTSNCT.”

Other upcoming events

The center’s free art and photography classes, IMAGINATION — Outside the Lines, will begin Saturday, April 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon for k-12 students. The classes will continue through Nov. 19.

Local designer and artist Jessica Haney will be featured May 7-31. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from 2-4 p.m. with live entertainment by the Kodachrome Babies. The event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m., ARTSNCT will present “A Night of Comedy” by Little Theatre Original Productions. Tickets are $10. Call 740-575-5710.

ARTSNCT will present the Dover High School steel drum band and jazz band on Saturday, May 21 at noon in front of Olde Main Street Museum on Canal Street. The event is free and open to the public. The museum also will host an open house and offer free tours of the facility.

ARTSNCT is located at 304 S. College St. in Newcomerstown and on the web at