Ridgeland High School has partnered with the 6th Cavalry Museum for the second year in a row to create a special art exhibit to display at the museum. Twenty-seventeen marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War One. The Army Post at Fort Oglethorpe trained soldiers, medical personnel and officers for WWI and also had the largest POW Camp in the country. Several exhibits, events and special programs are planned for 2017 with the student’s art exhibit kicking off the commemoration.
The public is invited on Thursday, April 13, from 6-8 p.m. to meet the student artists at a reception given in their honor at the 6th Cavalry Museum. The reception is free to attend and open to the public. Erika Couey, art instructor at the school, posted the following remarks on the Facebook event page.
“Please join us for the opening reception of our World War One Exhibition. The museum will feature Ridgeland High School's artworks in a variety of media and styles.
“Each student prepared for the project by researching WWI (its causes, battles, impacts on both soldiers and civilians, the weaponry, uniforms, artworks, and more). The research guided students toward their sketchbook planning pages and ultimately their finished artworks.
“Students were instructed to root their projects in their research but were allowed to react to the research according to their own opinions, belief systems, and emotions. I think you will find the exhibition intriguing, emotional, humorous (at times), beautiful, and inspiring."
The exhibition will feature over 80 pieces of original artwork using acrylics, chalk pastels, mixed media, spray paint and watercolors. The Lyndhurst Foundation has provided the grant to make the World War One commemorative programs and exhibits possible. The art exhibit will be in display through November.
Artist Emma Crow, 10th grade, spray paint