A patron walks by student artwork displayed in a business window last year. A community walk to kick off Youth Art Month will take place Saturday, March 11 in Old Town Warrenton.
Art teachers Chris Smith from Kettle Run, Jessica Beach from Brumfield and Marisa Pappas from Warrenton Middle organize student artwork.
Fauquier County Public School students will have artwork exhibited Warrenton from March 1-30 to celebrate Youth Art Month (YAM).
The annual observance in March takes place throughout the U.S.
The event emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs.
This year, 41 businesses (listed at the bottom) will participate in the Community Art Walk in Warrenton, displaying 90 pieces of student work. Pieces will be displayed in the businesses’ windows or inside.
As a kickoff to the month, student artwork will be displayed at a public gallery reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11.
Town Council member and Studio 19 owner, Sunny Reynolds, will host the reception in her studio space at 81 Main Street on the second floor. The studio entrance is on North Fourth Street.
The Kettle Run National Art Honor Society will also organize the reception.
From March 4 to April 30, Fauquier Hospital will exhibit 24 pieces of student art from 14 schools at the facility’s gallery wall on the second floor above the Bistro.
Youth Art Month will culminate with the Fauquier County Public Schools All-County Arts Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25.
The event will take place at Liberty High School with the theme “Tools of Inspiration.”
Student artwork from every school and grade level will be displayed including drawing, painting, collage, clay, sculptures, printmaking, graphic arts and photography.
The arts groups will also perform: elementary choirs from Brumfield, Bradley, Coleman, Greenville, Smith and Walter; the Auburn Middle choir/drama group and jazz band; Taylor Middle choir and Warrenton Middle percussion ensemble; Fauquier High guitar and steel pans groups; Liberty High chamber orchestra, choirs and jazz band; and Kettle Run choirs and jazz band.
The All-County Arts Festival is free and open to the public.
“Come join us for two days of art and music,” said Warrenton Middle Art Teacher Marisa Pappas. “There are so many talented students in our schools, and this is one way to showcase their work. It is an event not to be missed.”
The following businesses will participate in the Youth Art Walk in Warrenton on Saturday, March 11: