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Shafer Gallery hosts area high school art exhibit
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The Old Man & the Sea. Pastel painting by Fiona Lin from Thomas Moore Prep-Marian High School in Hays.

The Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College is hosting an area high school juried art exhibit titled the “Vortex Exhibit,” which is on display until the end of the month. It will culminate with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Fine Arts Auditorium, which will also cap off Vortex Fine and Performing Arts Day.
Gallery Director Dave Barnes said exhibiting the art of younger people from the area creates a unique style and energy for the gallery.
“The Vortex Exhibit is great because it presents a very youthful and adventurous point of view,” Barnes said. “We really get to see young creative minds at work.”
The exhibit features entries from area high school students in a variety of media, from painting to various 3D entries. The exhibit serves as the framework for Vortex Fine and Performing Arts Day, which is designed to stimulate and enhance students’ interest and excitement in the arts.  Students have the option to sign up for various workshops, and Barton faculty will be presenting in various areas including arts, music, theater, dance, creative writing and storytelling.
The Shafer Gallery’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is always free.