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North High Senior Art Gallery Culmination of Four Years of Study

The senior art students at Sheboygan North High School are launching an art exhibit being held at EBCO Artworks, 1201 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan, May 12-16

"This will be a first with students being 100 percent accountable for organizing, promoting and installing," said Frank Juarez, North High School art department chair.

Nearly 100 pieces will be on display utilizing a number of mediums from acrylic paintings and pencil drawings to colored pencil drawings, sculptures and mixed media works.

"There is a lot of planning that goes into an exhibition. From the start I could tell this was going to be a lot of work," said Kathryn Mason, a North student planning the gallery opening. She is heading the team of 11 North art high school seniors who are planning the detailed gallery opening. Participating students are Tracy Eirich, Niki Feld, Kathryn Mason, Jenny Morrison, Abby Ott, Haley Pilz, Libby Schmitz, Ryan Schneiderwent, Kellie Schultz, Julia St. Pierre and Alicia Volk.

"The planning includes selecting where it will be held, how much room is needed and how many pieces each student can submit, deciding how to place each of the pieces so it will flow around the room and not seem too crowded, time frames of installation and take down, and so much more."

The gallery is being held at EBCO because of its size and versatility. "EBCO is approximately 3,000 square-feet with walls ranging from 8' x 21' to 10' x 37'," said Mason. "Tim Ebenreiter, the owner of EBCO Artworks, is supportive of local events that showcase the artistic talents of our artists."

The students exhibiting their work have all been in North's art program since their freshman year of school, under Juarez's instruction all four years.

"Eight of the 11 students will be pursing some type of art-related field or career. It's my first graduating class from North and I am very proud of the work they have done," said Juarez, who joined the North High School art department in spring 2006.

A reception is being held Friday, May 15, 6-9 p.m., which will include a performance by Krew, a break dance group from North. All 11 students will be there including their family and friends. The event is open to the public.

"It is the main night of the week where we can all get together and look back on all of our hard work throughout our four years at North High School," said Mason.

Mason, and her colleagues look forward to showcasing their hard work to their friends and families.

"I think all of us hope to simply gain experience with working exhibitions, running one and submitting pieces of art and what it all entails. Our teacher also gave us the option of putting our artwork up for sale. This is a great experience in selecting the right prices for our pieces," said Mason, who hopes to one day be an exhibition manager. "This experience will help me greatly."

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
July 14, 2009