Art show carries poignancy

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

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Iola High School art students, from left, Katarina McIntosh, Michelle Kretzmeier, Kyle McRae and Ryan Moran will show their work starting tonight at the annual IHS Art Show in the Creitz Recital Hall of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

Dozens of pieces of artwork will be featured starting tonight at Iola High School’s annual art show.
The artwork is displayed in the Creitz Recital Hall at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center and will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. today through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Visitors will be allowed to vote for as many as three of their favorites to determine which piece will get the People’s Choice Award.
Deciding their favorites will be as tough as ever, admitted IHS art instructor Cecelia Orcutt.
“We have a very strong showing, with many quality pieces,” she said.
Included in the artwork is a colored pencil drawing by senior Michelle Kretzmeier that took home the Best of Show Award at an all-school art show at Labette Community College, and a paper mola by Ryan Moran that took first place overall at an art show in Independence.
“And those are just two of the best,” Orcutt said.
One of the pieces will be chosen for permanent display at the Bowlus.
Refreshments will be served each night.
This year’s art show — the 40th under Orcutt — carries some poignancy. Orcutt announced Monday she would retire at the end of the school year.
“I’m still at the point that I’m excited to get up every morning and want to teach,” she said. “I enjoy teaching; I’m comfortable here. But I’m also excited because I know the art department has a solid future.”
Orcutt praised the USD 257 board’s decision to hire one of her former students, Amy Shannon, as her replacement.
“I know how well she works with kids and how creative and talented she is,” Orcutt said. “And I’m excited because I know how hard this year’s juniors have worked and how well they’ll do as seniors. I’m going to miss this.”