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July 18, 2014

Arts Explosion wraps with art exhibit tonight

DUNCAN — As Arts Explosion draws to a close today, program instructors and participants are preparing for an exhibit tonight.

Arts Explosion, a Chisholm Trail Arts Council program aimed at teaching youth various art media, runs a week each July. The program’s exhibit, where parents can see what their children have done during the week, is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

Darcy Reeves, CTAC executive director, said Arts Explosion is among her favorite things put together by CTAC each year. Reeves said she was excited to see registration for the youth Arts Explosion program maxed out at 80 participants.

“We try to bring in different teachers to introduce them to new media,” Reeves said about the program.

This year, Arts Explosion featured a three-day teen program, which ran from Monday through Wednesday. Reeves said CTAC received a grant from the Kerr Foundation, which made the teen program possible.

From surveys passed out at the end of the teen program, the biggest request was to expand the program from three days to five days. This year’s program has participation from 14 teens, she said.

“We were happy with that for a first-year program,” Reeves said. “It turned out good.”

She said the importance of the teen program is to give children, who age out of the youth program, a way to stay involved in Arts Explosion.

In the youth portion of Arts Explosion, children were introduced to a wide variety of art media, including painting, ceramics and drawing.

Andrew Funkhouser said his favorite program was rock collages, where the youth painting their likeness on rocks and glued those rocks to a background. Chris Lehman said he enjoyed paper mache most from the classes he participated in.

Some of the lessons took place for only two or three days to allow more media to be introduced to the youth.

At the end of the program, surveys will be passed out to determine what children would like to see next year.

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