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Show featuring displays by students returns Thursday

Halifax County Middle School cafeteria will be displaying wall to wall art of nearly 300 students with a little bit of everything for the eye to see from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.


The Spring Into Art show will be held for the second year, including paintings, drawings, abstracts, plaster, sculptures and even some small computer art.

 The show will feature “a little bit of everything,” said Halifax County Middle School Art Teacher Forrest Layne.

Winnie the Pooh, Strawberry Shortcake, Hello Kitty, animals, sports figures and all kinds of things in between a teenager’s creative mind will be on display.

“When you leave the choice up to them, it’s surprising. The favorite thing is still cartoon characters, but I think they’ve finally cycled out of Family Guy and Spongebob. I saw too many those,” said Layne.

“I like to see all of their artwork on display. Some kids don’t really know what an art show is, and they’ll come and show their friends and grab their parents and just show off. It’s a wonderful time to spend with your child,” he added.

Fellow art teacher, Sarah Greenbacker, agreed, “It gives us and the students an opportunity to show off.”

The art teachers hope to display a piece of art from every student they have had from grades 6 through 8, which may end up being a minimum of over 300 students showing in the art show.

After last year’s show they both thought they would be more prepared for this year’s. But, Layne confesses, he is not the best planner. 

He has had “lots of help and support” from Halifax County Middle School Principal Beverly Crowder and her assistant Carol Crawley. 

“Mrs. Crowder just really believes in it. We’ve had a lot of support from the PTA. I’d like to thank them for all their help. I’ve also got some kids who are getting involved and have volunteered to stay after school to help hang the artwork,” said Layne.

With the busy school day, the art teachers won’t be able to get into the cafeteria until 1:30 p.m. on the day of the show to hang and display the students’ artwork.

“Last year we were hanging things up right up until 5:59,” said Greenbacker.

Layne expects 125-150 people to attend this year’s art show.

“You never know what to expect, but all of my sixth graders are really excited,” said Layne.

The “Spring into Art Show” will be held Thursday at the Halifax County Middle School cafeteria free of charge. Refreshments will be served.

 Layne suggests everyone to come out and support the children of Halifax County.

“I know last year when I walked into that cafeteria and saw all the artwork, it just rocked me in my shoes. The show really is just a wonderful moment. Come and support your children and the children of the community. You hear so much about SOLs all year, and they are important, but there’s so much more going on. Come see the children’s creativity at work,” Layne said.