With the return of spring comes numerous annual art exhibits showcasing talented Gull Lake students interested in sharing their art. This spring, students have the opportunity to enter two major exhibits: one through the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts and one through Gull Lake High School.
The High School Area Show is an event annually hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. Students in grades 9 through 12 can enter art in a variety of mediums. Works in glass, video, ceramics, metal, jewelry and 2D and 3D fine art are featured in an exhibit at the KIA over the course of two weeks.
A reception for the artists, their families, friends and teachers will be held on April 17, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Judges will examine the art during the reception and students will be awarded scholarships and cash prizes at the end of the night. Students are often featured on the KIA’s website, in the Gull Lake Communicator and sometimes in the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Students also can enter in Gull Lake’s Festival of the Senses, held in the high school cafeteria and drama room at the beginning of May. Festival of the Senses offers attendees a varied taste of the arts, with students entering paintings, drawings, sculptures, musical performances, and original plays.
The pieces submitted to the Festival are voted on by both a judging committee and the people attending the show.
Certain works may be available for purchase, and students are recognized for their talents in the Reflection and the Gull Lake Communicator.