GROTON — NOA Gallery will hold its first-ever showcase of young local talent tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The show, Beginnings, features the paintings of Lunenburg’s Kyle Jacques, a senior at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, and Littleton’s Deana Wojcik, a Parker graduate who is currently a junior at Dartmouth College.
The show is the creation of Parker senior Claire Raudonat, who is completing a year-long project requirement on the topic of her choice and chose curating an art show as her subject.
“Being somewhat of an artist myself, and always having enjoyed art, I liked the idea of putting together a small, local exhibition of student-produced art,” said Raudonat. “It only seemed logical to ask a fellow student of mine, Kyle Jacques, if he would be interested in allowing me to exhibit his art. For his project, he was producing paintings at an art residency program at the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, Mass.
“Deana Wojcik, a recent Parker graduate and student at Dartmouth College, agreed to be my second artist for the exhibition,” she said.
The show, which runs through the month of April, is being run in conjunction with an exhibition of 100 elementary school children’s art and poetry, all on the subject of World Peace, created through a program known as Liter-Art.
Florence Roche Elementary School commissioned its students to create these original works of art and poems, which will hang for the rest of the semester at NOA and 18 other sites throughout Groton. Liter-Art was created through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the efforts of the American Community Think Tank, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the greater public awareness of the imagination of children, and local volunteers.
“Together, these two exhibits celebrate the creativity of our youth, from elementary school all the way through college,” said NOA Gallery co-owner Joni Parker-Roach. “We’re so excited to give young artists of all ages a venue to show their work.”
NOA is located on 113 Main St. It hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.
For information call (978) 448-2959.