The Tarble Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017-18 Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibition, premiering at Effingham Public Library.

The exhibit can be viewed from October 24 through November 16 during regular business hours – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Cultivating Creativity Children’s Art Exhibition displays the most outstanding art produced by school art programs throughout East-Central Illinois during the 2016-17 school year. Underwritten by Consolidated Communications, the exhibition is drawn from the Children’s Art Exhibition, presented each spring at Tarble Arts Center in Charleston.

Each year, one student from every contributing school is selected to participate in the exhibition that circulates throughout the region during the next academic year. This year, the exhibit will travel to 13 area communities. There are 42 student works on display, ranging in media from pastel and acrylic to watercolor and tempera.

The following local schools are represented – Altamont Grade School, Altamont Junior High School, Effingham High School, Effingham Junior High School, Effingham Central Grade School, and St. Anthony Grade School.

Kimberly Brummer, an eighth grader at Altamont Junior High School, created a pencil piece titled “Darth Vader” under the instruction of Rhiannon Boehm, who also oversaw the creation of a marker piece called “Kittens on a Hot Air Balloon” by Altamont third grader Isabella Yagow.

Sidney Whisenant, a fifth grader at Central Grade School, created a chalk and tempera piece titled “The Northern Lights” under the instruction of Karen Littleford.

Rachel Teeter a senior at Effingham High School, created an acrylic piece titled “The Fable” under the instruction of Charlie Huber. At Effingham Junior High, sixth grade Gabrielle Kreke created a cut paper piece titled “Alice” under the instruction of Stacey Zerrusen.

Madelyn Brown, a sixth grader at St. Anthony Grade School, created a pastel piece called “City Lights” under the instruction of Jan Cunningham.