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Talented students benefit from dedicated and talented teachers. This is clearly demonstrated in the collection of student artwork at the Orangeburg County Center for the Fine Arts, displayed in the lobby and as part of the Visual and Performing Arts exhibit at the Lusty Gallery.

Works by visual arts educators from the Orangeburg County School District were recently added to an impressive student collection. In addition to nurturing student talent, encouraging discipline and inspiring creativity, these teachers display their considerable skills as visual artists.

“Visitors to the Center for the Arts are always amazed by the skill level of the students on display and we are happy to tell them that these young artists benefit from an excellent teaching in the classroom”, explains Vivian Glover, Director of Community Arts and Development . “To prove that these exceptional instructors are also very good artists, we invited them to join the student exhibition at the Lusty Gallery.”

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The Arts Center’s summer exhibit includes works by students from Bethune-Bowman Middle High in Bowman, whose instructor Paul Abrahamsen exhibits artwork. There are also works by students from Branchville High School and Lockett Elementary, whose instructor is Lillie Dunning; Elloree Elementary, where art is taught by Mary Fogle; and William J. Clark, where award-winning students are taught by Melissa Wright. Robert E. Howard Middle students and their teacher, Tunisha Berry Summers, both have works in the exhibit. Jasmyne Wall, a teacher at Edisto Primary, presents her multimedia series, ‘Pray for Your Town’, as part of the student and teacher show.

“This is an exhibit that not only the school district, but the entire county can be proud of,” Glover noted. “We want residents, especially our young people, to join the visitors who come to the Center for the Arts. Orangeburg County deserves recognition for fostering outstanding ability in the performing and visual arts. The Arts Center is dedicated to helping establish that reputation.

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The student and teacher show runs through Friday, August 19, 2022. The Arts Center, located at 649 Riverside Drive, Orangeburg, 29115, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. at 13h. by appointment can be arranged by calling 803-536-4074 or emailing Heather Rast at [email protected]

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