Educators influence the paths of their students, regardless of their ages. They offer support, advice, appropriate critique, encouragement and direction, all of which may go unnoticed by others in the students’ life.
But art educators are a different breed of instructor because their influence may be seen in strokes on a canvas, shapes in a ceramic vase, or angles in a photograph. And, too often, the educators’ work may go unseen in favor of a stage for their students.
Imparting Art: Work by Art Educators of West Virginia opens at Tamarack on Apr. 12 with a public “meet the artists” reception from 3-4:30 p.m. According to Gallery Manager, Molly Baker Halstead, the exhibit showcases art by educators, many of whom have had a profound influence on their students.
“We celebrate the influence of educators, who cultivate the practice and appreciations of art in West Virginia,” said Halstead. “Whether it’s a collegiate professor, a workshop host, or a private instructor, the Tamarack artists featured in this show have all played an important role in nurturing West Virginia’s art culture, while encouraging artists of all ages.”
The show, which closes June 12, also features the top five winners from the New River Gorge National Park’s annual Youth Arts in the Parks Appalachian Spring Wildflower Contest. “The five winners, one for each grade level and a Best of Show, will be framed, shown, and on sale in our gallery during this show,” said Halstead. All of the participants’ work is on display at Tamarack through Apr. 30.
Open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tamarack is located off I-77/64 at Exit 45 near Beckley. For details about events, menus, conference center availability, artisans and more, visit tamarackwv.com or join Tamarack and the David L. Dickirson Gallery on Facebook. Call 1 8 8TAMARACK for more information.