Montrose High School senior Rachel Chilcote

Montrose High School senior Rachel Chilcote, right, talks about her art -- Relief Sculpture — with Minerich at Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery. 

The advanced ceramics class partnered with Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery to showcase their art pieces. The opening reception was Thursday, and the exhibit will run through May 27.

Chad Morris, ceramic art teacher at MHS, challenged his students to create their own art show. Students were charged with finding a venue, putting together press releases and all the behind the scenes aspect. Morris said he was a bit nervous but his students stepped up and pulled off a great show.

“It gave me a lot of anxiety because I didn’t know if they were going to pull it off, and as a teacher you control things… you’re kind of a puppet master, if you will,” Morris said. “To let go of those strings and let the puppets dance was hard. … If they fail, they fail it’s part of learning and they did not fail they rose to the occasion. … I am very proud. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Advanced ceramics student Kennadie Minerich said she always looks forward to this class. Her piece “Serenity” was part of the first guided project the class did. The class creates a head and then creates a different element with it other than just a face, she said. Her sculpture will also house a plant.

“It’s definitely exciting because like Mr. Morris said it (the art) doesn’t ever really get recognized other than at home and with our family,” Minerich said . “For Ken (Vail) to let us use his studio, that was really awesome and we got more of the community to come in and look at our artwork.”

Regular viewing hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Special viewing hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18 and May 25.

This show is free and open to the public. For more information, visit healthyrhythm.net.

Monica Garcia is the news editor at the Montrose Daily Press.

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