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MT. PLEASANT — The works of 27 new student artists are currently on display at Mt. Pleasant Public Library through September.
Mt. Pleasant Arts IMPACT takes an active role in assisting with this two-month rotating display.
Arts IMPACT is an advocacy group that cultivates integration of arts and culture into the economy, education, and everyday lives of their community.
This latest effort in integration is a first for the group, however, with all student art displayed.
The students with art on display all studied under local artist Annie Guldberg.
The group ranges from age 6 to adult, and each spent the summer in one-on-one lessons with Guldberg.
Self-portraits line the gallery thanks to a challenge issued by Guldberg to her students to use both drawing and painting to create portraits that give the audience a glimpse into the personal interests of the artists.
“I love Annie’s upbeat personality and how she encourages Addi to try new things in a fun but challenging way,” said Makenzie Kruger, the mother of Guldberg’s 7-year-old student Addi Kruger.
The exhibit “Myself in My Art” is unique in the way the artists’ growth and creative processes are also on display.
Guldberg’s teaching philosophy gravitates around the ideal that art can be created by anyone with encouragement to learn who the artist is on an individual level.
For Guldberg, loving the process of creation is as important as the end products.