BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — Art, for Alison Jackson, is a chance to get something that’s inside her head on paper where other people can see it.
Leah Drumm believes in the value of original art, of creating rather than copying. She likes working with pastels and graphite, but most enjoys designing computer art.
Both students are eighth graders at Millcreek Junior High and participated in an art exhibit at Lamplight Art Gallery in March.
Participation in an art show is a “chance to be finished,” said their teacher, Laura Harris.
“Artists don’t have to do that, but an art show introduces them to the whole concept of sharing with the community,” she said.
Students who participate in gallery exhibitions “take themselves more seriously,” said Barbara Gustaveson, whose Farmington Junior High students will hold their own show at the gallery in May.
“They have more confidence to continue with their art and more confidence that their art is good enough,” she said.
One of her past students was being considered for a scholarship and because of her experience at the gallery exhibition, received a full-ride scholarship, she said.
“It’s important for the artist and for the community” to share art through exhibits, said Nora Del Murdock, president of Lamplight Art Gallery.
“It’s important to give students that experience,” she said. “The community needs to be educated on the importance of art in the lives of their kids and kids need to be encouraged to take it seriously.”
April’s student exhibit will showcase the work of Bountiful High International Baccalaureat students.
The gallery is at 170 S. Main Street in Bountiful.