Tamarack hosts student art exhibit featuring works by the class of 2020

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Tamarack is hosting an art exhibit featuring works made by the class of 2020.

Tamarack often hosts art exhibits featuring works by artists all across the state, but this newest exhibit is special, because all it’s works are made by high school students in the class of 2020. Mandy Lash, the gallery’s director, says after COVID-19 hit, they knew they wanted to offer something like this for the seniors. 

“So initially we weren’t planning on having a celebrating seniors exhibit, but with COVID-19 happening and a lot of the high school seniors not getting a chance to do the things they would typically do like go to prom or graduation or maybe have some big art events going on in their life, we decided to have something here. That way they could come and celebrate their artwork and their talents,” Lash said. 

More than 30 works of art by seven different artists are featured in the new exhibit. The artists are from all over the state, but some are specifically from Southern West Virginia. 

“They are from all over the state. We put out invitations to our exhibitions online, so if any young artists are interested in participating or seeing what we’re up to, they can check out our entire calendar on our website.”

Unlike at other exhibits, these works of art aren’t for sale, but Lash says many of the artists are business-minded people, and are looking to begin selling art in the future.

“They’ve already practiced the proper ways to get their artwork ready for exhibition and for sale and for galleries. So really it’s a great way to give them an outlet to be creative and to really think of art as something that could not only be their hobby, but something that could be their business and their livelihood.” 

The student art exhibit will stay on display until September 14.