Fabric of Our Community student art exhibition will travel through Willoughby – News-Herald

Customers who venture into Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby will now see an exhibition of artworks, submitted by students, that express their heritage.

The submitted artwork is part of The Fabric of Our Community project, which opened on March 12. The project is a collaborative initiative with the Artistic collaboration WilloughbyAndrews Osborne Academy, The Fine Arts Association, Stella’s Art Gallery, Willoughby, Cleveland Institute of Art and Willoughby-Eastlake Schools.

“The opening was at Stella’s and was part of the first second Saturday event that they (Willoughby) have each month,” said Jessie Barbarich, WAC Board Member and Chair of the Visual Arts Department at the stage at Andrews Osborne. “It was a great turnout. Many children and families gathered in the gallery.

The opening of the student art exhibition, The Fabric of our Community, took place at Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby on March 12. (Submitted)

The project was supported by a grant from The Ohio Arts Council. Its purpose is to celebrate the hues of those who live, work, learn and play in Willoughby. The larger vision of the project serves as a model for other cities and towns to take the first steps in celebrating culture and diversity.

“I am honored to present the awards for this wonderful Fabric of Our Community student art exhibit,” Willoughby Mayor Robert Fiala said at the opening. “On behalf of all the partner organizations, we sincerely thank all the students for participating in this important artistic project which celebrates the beautiful community in which we live.

Between Willoughby-Eastlake Schools, Andrews Osborne and the Fine Arts Association, approximately 84 students submitted artwork. Different categories of primary, middle and high school students were also represented. In each category, there was a first, second and third place winner, as well as an honorable mention and a best show award.

The opening of the student art exhibition, The Fabric of our Community, took place at Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby on March 12. then make their families enjoy it with them,” Barbarich said. “You can get a lot of conversation out of what they drew and their descriptions. They were able to write a few sentences about their work.

The artworks will be featured in a digitized traveling exhibition that will be shown throughout the city:

• Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave., until March 26.

• Willoughby Middle School, 5000 Shankland Road, March 28-April 8.

• Andrews Osborne, 38588 Mentor Ave., April 11-23 during the International Schools Festival.

• The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., from April 25 to May 9.

“Hopefully we can do something like this again in the future,” Barbarich said.


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Reggie S. Williams