Young Artists Traveling Show opens at Voices Gallery Thursday

Young Artists Traveling Show opens at Voices Gallery Thursday


Holly Campbell didn't really have any opportunities to exhibit her artwork when she was growing up.

Campbell and the nine artist members of Voices Gallery wanted to make sure that wasn't the case for young artists in the community today. So they selected "Voices: Young Artists Traveling Show" as a featured exhibit for December.

The idea is to help mid-valley youth, ages 18 and under, share their art with the community.

The show will be on display in three area venues December through February. It opens Thursday with an opening reception during the Corvallis Arts Walk at the Voices Gallery, 301 SW Fourth St., Suite 160.

Campbell's goal in curating the show was to make it accessible for the young artists, so there were no rules and it was nonjuried.

"I tried to keep it really casual and fun for them," she said.

Twenty-six artists from Corvallis, Albany, Philomath and Monroe submitted one piece each for the show. The oldest artist participating is 17, while the youngest is just 3.

Some of the Voices Gallery artists' children also participated.

"There's a lot of talent in here that's really very surprising," Campbell said.

The display features a little bit of every medium, including photography, finger-painting, acrylics, pastels, pressed flowers, ceramics, colored pencil, ink and marker drawings, an iPad Pro drawing and mixed media.

The subject matter varies from family members, dogs and cats, and meadows to swans in Switzerland and the Redwood National Park.

Each piece has the artist's first name, age and small description next to it.

Jonah, 16, created a small monster sculpture out of polymer clay.

"He said, when he was younger his first sculptures were made from the red wax on Babybel Cheese packages, and he moved to colored bees wax," Campbell said.

Participating artists were also given the option to sell their work if they wanted. The gallery will not take a commission, Campbell said.

About half of the young artists will have their work available for sale.

"One little girl is saving up to buy her own bearded dragon, so she drew a bearded dragon and put it up for sale. That goes toward her fund of buying one," Campbell said.

In January, the show will move to Restore Physical Therapy in Corvallis.

"Kerry (Boysen) at Restore Physical Therapy has hosted several female artists in her physical therapy office. I did a show with her in August," Campbell said. "She thought we could do a little traveling thing."

It will wrap up Feb. 15 at The Hold Studio in downtown Corvallis. The studio, which is owned and operated by Campbell and fellow artist Sharon Rackham King, opened last October.

Each venue will host a reception during its month with the show, giving the artists' families more time to come and see the art, Campbell said.

The curator thinks the artwork created by these young artists will give viewers a nostalgic feeling.

"It's pretty cool to see how uninhibited they are and how there really were no rules when they were making these things," Campbell said.


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