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Regional student art show set for Chester gallery

CHESTERTOWN-The popular Art in Chestertown Gallery is set to reopen for 2010 this next week with a new juried exhibit featuring the best in student art from the region.

This "Youth Visions" exhibit is being curated along the lines of the acclaimed High School Juried Show, a 20-year standout event at The Hyde Museum.

In the Art in Chestertown Gallery's "Youth Visions" exhibit, young artists from schools including Lake George, North Warren, Corinth, Fort Edward, Newcomb, Schroon Lake, Queensbury, and Mountainside Christian Academy are to be featured - as well as works from home-school youth.

Paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography will be included, gallery official Fred Holman said Tuesday.

"We're very excited about this show," he said. "Student art is open, original and unrestricted - primarily because they haven't yet learned what they 'can't do'," he said.

The show, which showcases art from Juniors and Seniors in high school, runs until June 17. An awards ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the gallery.

The Art in Chestertown Gallery opened with rave reviews last summer, amid praise over its mixture of iconoclastic and traditional idioms of art expression.

Area leaders also said it represented a cornerstone venture for the revitalization of downtown Chestertown.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For details, see: www.northcountryartscenter.org or call Holman at 803-4034.

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