PERRY – Perry High School art students are the focus of a Spring 2021 exhibition at the Arts Council of the Wyoming County Main Gallery, 31 South Main St.

The opportunity for these students is due to the cancellation of ACWC’s All County High Schools annual exhibition, over 25 years old, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For most students, this is their first gallery show.

“We are very happy to be able to give you the experience and visibility that comes with it! Not to mention the honor of introducing artists at the start of their working lives, ”said the ACWC.

The ACWC / Perry High School Art Show opens on Friday and late March 26th with a closing reception at 6:30 p.m. in the main gallery of the ACWC. Those who want to participate should get in touch. The ACWC limits participation due to COVID-19 restrictions. Also, no refreshments will be served and all social distancing protocols will be followed.

Not only were two Perry High School students the only Wyoming County’s high school exhibited in the Arts Council Gallery that year, but they were also selected to receive the ACWC’s top two youth scholarships:

Youth artist and student Lauren West was selected to receive the ACWC & Creekside Fabrics Visual Arts Scholarship for Young Artists. This award gives her the opportunity to study with a master artist for a year. The training ends with a solo exhibition in May 2022 at the ACWC. This scholarship is aimed at students who want to continue their studies in fine arts: photography, fiber art, ceramics, carpentry, drawing or painting. The $ 900 ACWC & Creekside Fabrics Visual Arts Young Artist Scholarship is made possible through a partnership with ACWC and Creekside Fabrics in Arcade.

The young performing artist and student Emma McLaughlin will use her Young Performance grant from the Balus Foundation to promote her interest in music theater. This scholarship is made possible by the Balus Foundation and is awarded each year to one or two Wyoming County students who wish to pursue their studies in the performing arts. The scholarship (up to $ 500) can be used to support fees for summer music camps or ongoing lessons with a professional teacher or institution. In addition to other selected performances. Emma will be giving a solo concert at the ACWC this fall.

“The ACWC congratulates these two youth artists from Perry Central High School on their hard work and new accomplishments,” said the ACWC.

For more than 40 years, the ACWC has provided opportunities to bring art to their rural communities through programs, grants, and arts events. Located on Main Street in Perry, the ACWC produced the Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show, one of the largest and highest rated shows in the area.

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