Beth Thames

Beth Thames, president of the Tullahoma Art Center, invites residents to see art pieces by local students who will show their artwork at the center May 5 through May 19. One of the galleries will display the Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners from the Jack T. Farrar Elementary School Art Club. The opening reception is set for 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

Beth Thames, president of the Tullahoma Art Center, invites locals to “a feast for their eyes,” as local students will display art pieces at the center May 5 through May 19.

The exhibits will feature works of students from Tullahoma High School, Farrar Elementary School and Coffee County Central High School.

The opening reception is set for 2-5 p.m. May 5. Thames invited residents to meet the artists and enjoy piano and violin tunes, as local musicians will provide music entertainment.

 

Students’ displays

The main gallery upstairs will feature art by Tullahoma High School students.

“They have a nice, big exhibit planned,” Thames said. “Their instructor is Kelly Orr. She is the visual art teacher at the Tullahoma High School.”

Tullahoma High School has a visual arts program, and some of the students were chosen to participate in the exhibit, said Thames.

One of the galleries downstairs will display the Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners from the Jack T. Farrar Elementary School Art Club.

“Michelle Cantrell is the art club coordinator,” Thames said. “She has been behind the Duck Stamp competition ever since it first started here in Tullahoma. This year, she’s had a lot of winners and it would blow your mind what these kids are able to do.”

The Junior Duck Stamp Program uses the environment as a theme to creatively teach core subjects. When students submit an entry in the Tennessee competition, they have the chance to win prizes and proceed to the next level of the contest. The winning design is used on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

Students from Coffee County Central High School will also show their art creations at the Tullahoma Art Center.

“We have the Coffee County High School seniors displaying in the piano room, which is downstairs,” Thames said. “Their teacher is Mary Vacek.”

Each participating senior has chosen his or her most-prized art piece completed during the school year to display, said Thames.

Coffee County Central High School offers art classes for seniors only, and “these kids are the best of the best because they have been waiting so long to finally take art,” said Thames.

 

A surprise

Visitors to the art center will have a chance to see works completed in various media.

“It will be kind of a surprise because students haven’t submitted anything to us for jurying – we left it all up to Kelly Orr,” Thames said. “I’m sure most of the works will be two-dimensional. There’ll probably be a lot of painting, a lot of drawing, and there may be some digital arts and some mixed media.”

Thames encouraged locals to visit the center.

“It is going to be amazing,” she said. “It’s impressive to see what these kids have produced. Aside for the fact that these kids have worked really hard all year and they deserve the support, it’s just a feast for your eye. We will have so much going on that, if you enjoy arts, supporting the community and students and seeing some of their greatest accomplishments in art throughout the year, this is the time to do it.”

The opening reception is set for 2-5 p.m. May 5. The exhibit will be on display at the center through May 19.

Local musicians will provide entertainment during the opening reception.

Admission is free for members of the art center and family members of presenting artists, and $5 for nonmembers.

The art center, located at 401 S. Jackson St., is open Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the center at 931-455-1234 or visit tullahomaartcenter.com.

Elena Cawley may be reached via email at ecawley@tullahomanews.com.