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January 10, 2014

New art exhibits open

MT. VERNON — Two exhibits featuring the work of regional and local artists are now opening this weekend at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

The community-wide collaborative exhibition, “Creativity Redefined” will open Sunday in the Regenhardt Gallery at Shrode Art Center.

Artists were challenged to create work on a claybord canvas using any media of their choice and subject matter. More than 100 artists participated in the challenge.

“The title of the exhibit, Creativity Redefined, is inspired by the recent rebranding of the City of Mt. Vernon,” said Carrie Gibbs, Shrode Art Center director. “The new Creativity Redefined! logo is more than a new image, it focuses on an ideal quality of life that our

community strives to embrace and grow toward.”

Young artists are celebrated with the 40th Scholastic Art Awards exhibit, which opens Sunday in the Mitchell Museum Main Gallery and Beal Gallery.

The annual student competition is open to seventh through 12th grade students in 28 Southern Illinois counties, and brought in more than 650 entries. A panel of judges have reviewed the works and will select the American Vision Award nominees, Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention award recipients as well as the John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation Administrative Counselor Scholarship. A total of 235 works of art will receive an award and be part of the exhibitions. Works of the top recipients from the regional program move on to New York for national competition.

Schools represented in the exhibition are Mt. Vernon, Waltonville, Kell, Anna Jonesboro, Belleville, Benton, Carbondale, Carterville, Cobden, Herrin, Johnston City, Joppa, Marion, Mt. Carmel and Waterloo.

The exhibition will close with the Scholastic Art Award ceremony on Feb. 9. Students, families and art educators are encouraged to attend the presentation at 3 p.m. in the Mitchell Museum Performance Hall at Cedarhurst.

A Member Preview Reception for the new exhbitions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The non-member admission fee is $5 per person.

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