Student perspectivesGet a youthful perspective Saturday at the newest Phantom Galleries Superior exhibit. “Seeding the Next Generation” at 1412 Tower Ave. It features the work of 36 students from Superior and Northwestern high schools.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Get a youthful perspective Saturday at the newest Phantom Galleries Superior exhibit. “Seeding the Next Generation” at 1412 Tower Ave. It features the work of 36 students from Superior and Northwestern high schools.
“I feel like I want to shout from the tallest building that our high school kids are doing fantastic things, so stop by and take them in,” said Amy Mack, an art teacher at Northwestern High School.
Staging the show gave students the real-world experience of arranging an exhibit, meeting deadlines, working together and stepping out into the public eye to be seen as artists, she said.
And, said Phantom Galleries Superior Director Erika Mock, it brings young voices to the table to discuss why the arts are important in Superior.
“We forget youth are relevant and have things to say,” she said.
Students worked collaboratively on the pieces, which include paintings, scratchboard art, mixed media and sculptures made of clear packing tape. Superior students chose to focus on fantasy art.
“For these students, fantasy is a deep, thoughtful subject with much to be learned,” said SHS art teacher Denise Schraufnagel. “It is also ‘serious’ fun.”
One of the highlights of creating pieces for the exhibit was working with local artist Jeredt Runions, whose work includes local murals and pieces created during live music performances. He encouraged members of the public to drop by the gallery.
“This is a major opportunity for folks in the area to support what I feel is the most important factor in keeping students here in Superior and the area, give voice to a younger generation and make the city a little better and brighter of a place to grow up in,” Runions said. “If you show kids that they have a part in the community and give them ownership to something great like this, by presenting public art, it makes the idea that more important to society.”
Northwestern students were challenged to create pieces out of clear packaging tape.
“The students have literally put themselves into the show — you’ll see that when you get there,” Mack said.
Get a closer view of the art during a reception 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. The young artists will have a chance to speak about their work and answer questions at 3 p.m. The street will be open for parking, Mock said, despite the fact that Tower Avenue from Belknap to North Third streets will close Monday for major reconstruction work.
“The DOT project will determine whether we stay on Tower Avenue for the next round (of phantom gallery exhibits) in May,” she said, but the student exhibit will remain up for at least a couple more weeks. Despite the roadwork, Mock said she hopes people drop by to see the work.
Since its beginning in spring of 2011, Phantom Galleries Superior has featured 45 professional and emerging artists and more than 25 artist collaborators.
“The Phantom Galleries is a win-win for the community,” Mack said. “Empty store fronts get filled with fabulous art work and the people who own empty buildings have the public paying attention (in a positive way) to the real estate opportunities in downtown Superior.”
Mock said at least one storefront has been rented been leased as a result of the art-business collaborative between the galleries and the Superior Business Improvement District.
“The idea is to help this area and the city of superior to start seeing the positive effects of art and the positive effects of what art can do to a community by connecting students, residents, artists, business owners and tourists,” Runions said.
It is part of a continuing effort to increase the amount of public art in Superior.
“Life can get dreary and stagnant,” Mack said. “Why not open up a new lens and try to see things from a new perspective?”