Art in the Community: Timberlake Creates 2008

It seems like forever since school ended and what a whirlwind those last few weeks are. Finally catching up on my "other" jobs: writing, the blog, my own artwork. Before I do, however, I need to share a post about something we do at Timberlake High School, where I teach. 

Timberlake Creates started last year as part of my Master's thesis project and involved coordinating an art show in the community. The idea was to link students with professionals, as well as address folks within the community who are, literally, in between student and professional...interested in art but not necessarily making a living at it (as much as anyone can make a living with their art!). The result was a juried art show that celebrated visual art, showcased our community, and returned recognition and prize money to area artists.

This year we have even more support from the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce and area businesses--especially sponsor Inland Northwest Bank, who donated $500 to first place prizes. The art show was up in Spirit Lake through June in 8 businesses, not including the library which is still exhibiting the "Heritage" category of artworks in honor of Spirit Lake's 100 year anniversary. 

The assortment of artists was terrific, including former students (now entering as adult community), fellow staff members, and parents of students both past and present. For some, it was the first time they'd entered a juried art show while for others, it was an opportunity to participate in a show that celebrated their own community. Check out the slideshow (below right) for artwork and winning entries.