Sarah West: Portraits in Education, Current Exhibition

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This summer, the Smiths Station City Hall Art Galleries will host a series of rotating exhibitions highlighting the sustainable arts movement in education within our local communities.




This unique two-part series serves as the debut exhibit of its kind, illustrating the “bridging of gaps” between the independent entrepreneur, local government, the citizen, and the educator for future generations through philanthropic, humanitarian and educational endeavors.

Portraits in Education, in particular, offers a captivating glimpse into the working collaborative movement which is taking fine art education into our local schools. Told through a selection of portraits from the sketchbooks of Michele West, the exhibit appreciatively depicts moments of discovery, renewal and continued learning. The event also serves as a milestone marking current efforts made by educators local to Smiths Station as well as the surrounding rural communities such as Salem.

In a time when cultural arts education on grade school levels has grown immensely limited, local advocates, educators and leaders have developed creative solutions for making the arts more accessible. This exhibition champions the cause and celebrates the indelible impressions people make when they recognize the power of place.

Portraits in Education featuring collective drawings by Michele West celebrates the mission of the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art’s Cultural Arts Enrichment Initiative, brought to greater fruition through cause championed by educators of participating area schools including, Wacoochee Elementary School and West Smiths Station Elementary School.

Visit the Smiths Station City Hall Art Galleries this summer during daily hours for this free, family-friendly ongoing exhibit.

Art is life expressed – Sarah West, owner of the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art