March 9-10 were special days for the children of Cedar Bluff Schools. Cedar Bluff First United Methodist Church opened its facilities to host "Art for Art's Sake." The event is an annual exhibition of local artists both professional and amatuer to raise money for art materials at Cedar Bluff Schools.
Children and youth exhibited their own artwork, but also had an opportunity to meet local and regional artists. The professional artists spent time with the youngsters, encouraging them to creatively express themselves. "Events like this show the community's support for our schools," said principal Bobby Mintz. "We appreciate Cedar Bluff First United Methodist Church and all the artists who gave of their time and talents to share with our kids."
Artists from as far away as Gadsden and Vestavia Hills brought their art to show the children and to sell at the exhibition. One of these artists, Teresa Wamble, thoroughly enjoyed the day spent at Cedar Grove. "I love working with gourds," she said, "and finding the special shapes inside each one."
Award-winning artist Don Housler enjoyed talking to the school children. "It's interesting to see your art through their eyes. My Einstein became "Doc" from Back to the Future, and my wolf turned out to be a character from the Twilight series in their eyes. One piece of a young John Lennon with round glasses became Harry Potter when they saw him. It was great!"
Local artist Cloud Farrow worked with Rev.Tim Kendrick, pastor of Cedar Bluff First UMC, and Cedar Bluff School counselor Tanya Ragan to coordinate the fundraiser. Farrow teaches an art class at the library in Centre and brought works by many of his students. "We have so much talent in the Weiss Lake area, we should have an 'Art in the Park' every year in addition to Art for Art's Sake," he said. Cloud often mats and frames his student's work so they can display them at art shows just like other artists. "I'm all about encouraging the artist in everyone" he said. Another local artist, Gayle Flynt, used local wood which she painted to make nametags and decorative hand painted plates.
"I was glad to get the chance to work with the church and the artists to be a part of Art for Art's Sake this year," said Ragan. "I hope we can do it again next year."
"In all, the event raised more than $400 for art materials to be used at Cedar Bluff School," reported Rev. Kendrick, "and celebrated the artist in every child!"