Shelbyville Daily Union

December 24, 2013

Cultivating Creativity children's art exhibit in Shelbyville

Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — The traveling exhibition Cultivating Creativity 2013-2014: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibit continues its year-long tour in Shelbyville at the Shelbyville Public Library, 154 N. Broadway.

The exhibit will be on view January 4 through the 23. Cultivating Creativity showcases some of the outstanding art produced through east-central Illinois school art programs. Presented is art by 47 students, each representing a different school. The art was created during the 2012-2013 school year.

Representing schools in the Shelbyville area are Kayla Lee, Shelbyville High School and Sydnie Helton, Moulton Middle School.

Helton’s cast plaster “Fish Bowl” was made in sixth grade at Moulton Middle School under the direction of Wayde Zerkle. In the tenth grade at Shelbyville High School, Lee created “Through the Light and Dark” with acrylics also under the assistance of Wayde Zerkle.

Cultivating Creativity 2013–2014 is sponsored by Consolidated Communications and the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. The exhibit will travel to 13 area communities, from Assumption to Paris and from Tuscola to Effingham. The Tarble Arts Center teams with Consolidated Communications in this annual program to showcase some of the outstanding art by area students and to help raise awareness of the importance of including the arts as part of the regular school curriculum.

Area districts and schools participating this year are: Altamont C.U. District #10; Arcola Elementary and High Schools; Arthur Grade School; Casey-Westfield Junior High and High Schools; Central A&M C.U. District #21, Assumption-Moweaqua; Central Grade School, Effingham; Charleston C.U. District #1; Chrisman Grade and High Schools; Crestwood C.U. District #4, Paris; Cumberland High School; Effingham Junior High and High Schools; Kansas Community School; Oakland C.U. District #5; Mattoon C.U. District #2; Moulton Middle School, Shelbyville; Neoga Middle and Junior-Senior High Schools; Okaw Valley Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Bethany-Findlay; South Side School, Effingham; St. Anthony Grade School, Effingham; St. John’s Lutheran School, Mattoon; St. Mary’s School, Paris; Sullivan High School; Shelbyville High School; and Windsor Elementary and Junior-Senior High Schools.

The exhibit is comprised of art works in a wide variety of media and styles. Included are paintings in watercolor, oil, tempera, and acrylic; and drawings in ink, colored pencil, graphite, crayon, marker, oil pastels, and charcoal. Other media represented are scratchboard, collages, textiles, digital photography, prints, graphic design, tissue, cast plaster, and mixed media.

Cultivating Creativity is a community engagement program of the Tarble Arts Center. The Tarble also offers a variety of other educational programs for area schools, including a tour/workshop Enrichment Program that is open to area fifth grade and to junior/senior high art students, a month-long artist-in-the-schools residency, guided tours, and teacher workshops.

Most programs are presented free of charge to the participating schools and are supported through Tarble membership contributions and the Tarble Arts Center Endowment/EIU Foundation.

For more information about the Cultivating Creativity exhibit or other programs contact the Tarble Arts Center at 217/581-ARTS (-2787) or The Tarble is funded in part by the Tarble Arts Center Fund/EIU Foundation, Tarble Arts membership contributions, and program sponsors. The Tarble is a division of the EIU College of Arts & Humanities.