On March 29th, more than 75 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum’s 8th Annual High School Art Show. Some of the community’s best and youngest artists came together to display some of their amazing pieces. The works will be on display until April 20th in the classroom.

Some of these artists were presented prizes for their outstanding work. They were selected by a board of judges including Oren Helbok of The Exchange in Bloomsburg, Ginny Weibel the Museum Director, Shelby Kellner the Assistant Museum Director, and Sara Mika the Museum Art Director. There were also two peer awards presented and they were selected by their fellow student artists. Each judge gave out separate awards and the overall winners were selected by Mr. Helbok.

Emma Bruder from Crestwood HS, Amelia Doudna from Benton HS, and Karomy Rivas from Hazleton Area Arts and Humanities Academy all had amazing pieces. The Director’s pick was Noeliz Valentin from Williams Valley HS. Eli Rodriguez Guzman from Hazleton Area Arts and Humanities Academy was chosen by the Assistant Director and Anna Glassic from Crestwood HS was the Art Director’s choice. The winners of the peer award were Paige Rivera from Williams Valley HS and Laura Crosley from Crestwood HS.

Finally, the 2D Best of Show was presented to Becca Pypiak from Central Columbia HS and the 3D Best of Show went to Stella Nye from Tri-Valley HS. Winning the entire event and the Best of Show Award was Mia Chitswara from Crestwood HS.

Sara Mika, the Museum Art Director added, “We had a great turnout at this year’s 8th Annual High School Art Show.  It was a lot of work pulling everything together, but it was definitely worth the effort.  There are a lot of amazing pieces from a lot of talented kids in the exhibit!”

A huge thanks goes out to The Exchange in Bloomsburg, The Gallery at Penn College, and Blick Art Materials for sponsoring the prizes!  Thank you to Weis Markets for providing refreshments during the show.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach. For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/