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Clark County high schoolers paint portraits of students in mentoring art program

Justin Meadows, 17, poses with his portrait of "D'Shontae" in the art gallery at the Winchester Opera House in Winchester, Ky., Weds., February 29, 2012. Photo by Matt Goins 13553
Justin Meadows, 17, poses with his portrait of "D'Shontae" in the art gallery at the Winchester Opera House in Winchester, Ky., Weds., February 29, 2012. Photo by Matt Goins 13553 ©2012 Herald-Leader

The art exhibit at Winchester Opera House is an extension of a mentoring project between students in advanced art classes at George Rogers Clark High School and some third-grade students at Central Elementary School.

During the program, the younger students created clay pieces and learned about various forms of art. They also had their pictures taken.

At last week's opening reception of the exhibit, Portraits: Mentoring the Arts, the younger students got to see for the first time the portraits the high school students created of them.

"They used oil pastels, color pencils and acrylic paint," said Julie Baumgardner, an art teacher at George Rogers Clark who coordinated the mentoring project. "I was very pleased with their work. The majority of them were outstanding."

Brett Martin, curator and events coordinator at the Opera House gallery, said the gallery typically exhibits local and regional artists, but student work can be seen a couple of times a year.

"It was a successful project. and I think Julie has already heard from other elementary schools that are interested in having their students participate in a similar program," Martin said.

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