by Christina Jones
Westfield Public Schools are celebrating Youth Art Month by transforming the downtown area into an art gallery. Artwork by approximately 300 students is on display in 40 Westfield stores, the Westfield Memorial Library and at Garwood’s RMC Studios, according to Supervisor of Fine Arts Dr. Linda King.
Said King, “[The work] is chosen by our art teachers for various reasons: work ethic, commitment to the project at hand, proficiency, emotional [appeal] and appropriate medium for the chosen store.”
According to Art Teacher Ms. Leah Jarvis, the fine arts department and business merchants work together to place the selected student artwork. The pieces are then delivered by volunteers. Said Jarvis, “The students’ works of art add color and visual excitement to downtown Westfield.”
Junior art student Brigid Barber said, “I think [Youth Art Month] is very positive for the town because it physically displays what kids are learning in their art classes.... Since it shows an array of grades, it expresses progression of technique and creativity.”
RMC Studios in Garwood is hosting an Open House as an opportunity to view Westfield student artwork in a gallery setting. RMC Studios is a music school and a recording studio, according to RMC Studios Special Events Coordinator Ms. Margaret Smith.
Said Smith, “The philosophy of the RMC is to foster a lifelong love of music and art. Our studio enjoys being a host for Youth Art Month and sharing the creativity of our community and Westfield art students within the RMC Studios.”
The gallery will be open throughout March and April, and the studio will also be hosting its RMC Evening of Music and Art on April 5 from 7–9 p.m.