Proud parents have a little more reason to photograph their children in front of their artwork at this year's student showcase.
For the past two years, students' artwork was pinned up on wall partitions at the Dunedin Community Center.
This year, for the first time, their art is showcased in a more professional way. It's framed and hanging on the wall of an actual gallery, in the same building where juried art is displayed from adult artists all over the world.
"It's a chance to showcase kids' work and give 'em a little [feeling of], 'Hey I can do this'," said Ken Hannon, assistant executive director at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, during an opening reception in the new children's wing on April 22.
The annual Dunedin Schools Visual Arts Showcase is a collaboration between Dunedin school principals, the art center and the city of Dunedin that began three years ago, before the construction of the new David L. Mason Children's Art Museum.
The opening reception celebrated the students, but also the fulfillment of the original vision for showcasing their work.
The student showcase runs through May 13. All of the work hanging in the gallery was selected by the students' art teachers, said Todd Still, the art center's director of youth education.
It features the work of students from:
- Academie Da Vinci Charter School
- Curtis Fundamental Elementary
- Dunedin Elementary
- Garrison-Jones Elementary
- Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
- San Jose Elementary
- Dunedin Highland Middle School
- Dunedin High School
Dunedin Fine Art Center hosts a Children's Summer Camp Open House on Friday, April 27, 6 to 8 p.m.