by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Elk River seniors Karli Jopp and Abe Williams are among nine students from eight schools chosen to participate in the Young Artist Exhibition Program in St. Cloud.
The program is for “exceptional young artists, grades 10–12, to develop and exhibit from beginning to end, while working with established artists and art professionals,” states the website of Visual Arts Minnesota.
The group has met at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud four Saturdays in October and November, four hours each.
Subjects included creating a cohesive and dynamic exhibit; framing and displays; photographing art work; a “shameless self-promotion” lesson, and a presentation, “Is an arts major right for me?”
Jopp and Williams were recommended by Rana Nestrud, their arts teacher at ERHS.
“I have many great art students. What sets Karli and Abe apart is their eagerness to learn new things,” Nestrud told the Star News.
“This is an amazing opportunity for these students to be part of a gallery show and acquire the skills to discern what work is best for an exhibit and present it professionally.”
Both Jopp and Williams have tried several mediums but are primarily interested in drawing. They both favor realistic art (see samples).
Both seek an art career. Jopp thinks she’d like to teach art. Williams is aiming toward graphic design, and hopes to have shows in galleries.
The ERHS duo finds this program very helpful.
“They try to get us ready for the art world,” said Williams. “They teach us how to frame things, how to make the exhibit look professional, to understand what people are looking for, how to space things, to make your art work breathe. It really helps a lot.”
Added Jopp: “It’s fun to go in there and talk to other artists, people doing a lot of the same things and on a similar path.”
Both are also in athletics — Williams in football and wrestling, Jopp on dance team.