Local students' artwork to be featured at Beloit show

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  • Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News (From left): Beloit Memorial High School seniors Essence Ferguson and Rebekah Atwell show off their creations they will submit to the Van's Custom Culture art competition which has students transform tennis shoes into artwork. The students said they are looking forward to the High School Art Show to be held at the Beloit Art Center on from 5-8 p.m. on Friday.

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Students from Beloit Memorial High School gather for a photo. They are featured at The High School Art Show will be held at the Beloit Art Center from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to the free event.

  • Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News (From left): Beloit Memorial High School seniors Essence Ferguson and Rebekah Atwell show off their creations they will submit to the Van's Custom Culture art competition which has students transform tennis shoes into artwork. The students said they are looking forward to the High School Art Show to be held at the Beloit Art Center on from 5-8 p.m. on Friday.

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Students from Beloit Memorial High School gather for a photo. They are featured at The High School Art Show will be held at the Beloit Art Center from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to the free event.

BELOIT - "If the museum is too expensive, come to the show."

That's what Beloit Memorial High School student Essence Ferguson said about the free high school art show set 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Beloit Art Center.

The show includes art work from Turner High School, Rock County Christian School and Beloit Memorial High School. A few of the works will be advanced to state competition and displayed at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in the Wisconsin Regional Art Program's Statewide Teen Art Mentoring Program. The opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. with awards presented at 6 p.m.. The works of art will be exhibited for 10 days.

The Beloit Art Center is a 501c3 organization. It is open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 608-313-9083.

Elizabeth Carpenter, Beloit Memorial High School art teacher, said students from Beloit Memorial will be bringing 65 pieces.

"Many of the students who are showing have won regional or state level awards," she said. "We have a really good group of students."

The show will include paper dresses made out of tar paper and regular paper, paper wigs, ceramic pieces, sculptures, photographs, paint and/or charcoal work and more.

In an interview on Monday, students Rebekah Atwell and Ferguson said they were excited about the show. They were busy working on transforming tennis shoes into sculptures to submit to the Van's Custom Culture art competition. Atwell was making her shoes into a fantasy world of Beloit complete with train tracks and nature, and Ferguson was turning her shoes into a deer head.

Ferguson said she will be bring her pottery to the upcoming show.

"It will be nice to see everyone's work getting validation," Atwell added.

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