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Local Artists Collaborate with Young, Challenged Artists in Upcoming Art Exhibit

Side by Side 2013
Somerset Community College Assistant Professor of Art Darlene Libbey, back middle, served as the instructor for the 2013 Side-By-Side project. Here, Libbey works with the students on pastels.
Eight local artists recently teamed up with 11 local Eubank, Oak Hill, Pulaski and Burnside Elementary school students with mental and physical challenges to create a collaborative art exhibit entitled Side-By-Side. The resulting artwork will be on display at theCenter for Rural Development in Somerset from Monday, April 1, until June 2. The art exhibit is free and open to the public.

The public is also invited to a free reception for the student artists and their local collaborators on Sunday, April 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Rural Development.

Somerset Community College Assistant Professor of Art Darlene Libbey received a grant for the project from VSA, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kennedy Foundation. This year, Side-By-Side sessions were held at Pulaski Elementary School in the art room of Delilah Young. As the Side-By-Side instructor, Libbey worked with the students to explore charcoal, collage, pastels and paint. Later, each student worked with a local artist to create collaborative painting. The collaborative piece, as well as one individual creation from each student, will be included in the Side-By-Side exhibit at The Center for Rural Development.

The 11 student artists are: Cade Hill, Oak Hill Elementary; Jacob Allen, Oak Hill Elementary; Gregory Waylon, Eubank Elementary; Ella Smith, Eubank Elementary; James Osborne, Eubank Elementary; Patrick Duncan, Eubank Elementary; Levi H. Russell, Eubank Elementary; Olivia Burton, Pulaski Elementary; Iris Watkins, Eubank Elementary; Hannah Weatherly, Burnside Elementary; and Jack Weatherly, Burnside Elementary.

The local artists participating in the program this year included the following: Garry Harrison, Katey Whitt (former SCC art student), Lakia Stout (former SCC art student), Emily Williams (former SCC art student), Kursty Little, Mark Estes, Jennifer Kosakowski and Delilah Young.

The two-month exhibit at The Center for Rural Development will include individual artwork by each student, a collaborative piece by the student and the local artist and an individual work by the local artist.

We have been partnering with VSA Kentucky for the past five years to produce this fascinating art show, said Libbey. It is always a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. Each time we do this the local artists find the experience of working with these young artists to be refreshing and fun.

The Side-By-Side project is a partnership between The Center for Rural Development, VSA Kentucky, and Somerset Community College. VSA Kentucky receives funding from the U.S Department of Education.

For more information about the Side-By-Side exhibit contact Dianna Winstead at (606) 677-6000.

The Center for Rural Development is located at 2292 South Highway 27 in Somerset. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The reception will be held in the first floor lobby.