An exhibit at the Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg showcases teen artwork through the month of January.

“The purpose is to showcase the talent of the current class of high school art students,” said Art Gallery Art Director Dina Madara of the Our Town Foundation in Hamburg. “This exhibit is a positive experience for the students. Every year that we hold this exhibit, several parents come in to see their children’s artwork. It’s a source of pride and connection between family members. And, you never know, it might also ignite a spark in the student to further their skills.”

Featuring about 40 pieces by Hamburg Area High School art students, the exhibit was arranged by Hamburg art instructor Rebecca Dommel and the Hamburg Area Arts Alliance.

“There is no particular theme. The artwork includes a variety of graphite and colored pencil sketches, paintings, digital art, and ceramic designs,” said Madara.

For the entire month of January, the display includes art by students in grades 9-12 and all art classes.

“I hope students gain a greater appreciation for the arts and experience a sense of accomplishment,” said Dommel. “It is an opportunity for students to take pride in their artwork.”

Dommel said that this exhibit allows the community to see a selection of the variety of student work created by Hamburg students.

“I hope this provides the community time to enjoy seeing student work on display in town,” she said. “We hope you enjoy the displays!”

Upcoming Hamburg art events or projects include art students participating in the Goggle Works show in late February, early March.

“There are also some students interested in creating work for Fastlane art,” said Dommel.

Lisa Mitchell is an editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers, covering news and events in the Northeast Berks County area.

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