Lakeridge art selected for national tour

It's not every high school student who can say his or her art is being shown across the nation. But Lakeridge art students Lizzie Aronson and Eva Davis can brag that their art is part of the Art.Write.Now, a touring selection of pieces from the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. The touring exhibit is a collection of the works of 57 artists, 50 writers and 12 filmmakers in grades seven through 12 from across the nation.

Aronson and Davis were among the 1,500 artists to receive national awards last spring. Their art was displayed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the celebration. A segment of that exhibit was selected to make up the touring exhibit and will be displayed in Chicago, Portland, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

The exhibit is at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1241 N.W. Johnson St. in Portland through Jan. 27. An opening reception will be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

Aronson's painting 'Arbus Tucan' is on display, as is Davis' 'Layers of Pain,' a social commentary on domestic violence.

Art teacher Shannon McBride, who is the regional coordinator for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, submitted the works.

'I like just learning from my pieces,' said Davis. 'I like to see what worked and what didn't and incorporate that into new pieces.'

The artist reception tonight is open to the public. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 27.

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