Public may view at Hannibal Arts Council until May 2

With the quality of art by local students on display at the Hannibal Arts Council, it is apparent that Hannibal’s art galleries will have no problem filling their walls and pedestals for many years to come.

This annual Young Masters Art Exhibit includes the work of fifth graders, eighth graders and high school students.

The exhibit will continue until Tuesday, May 2, at the HAC, 105 S. Main, when the artists will meet the public at their awards reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The awards will be presented at 6 p.m.

The HAC Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays except Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Tuesday.

Hannibal High School students used several venues, including sculpture, paint, and pen and ink.

Abi DeLaPorte’s colorful clay mask and Claire Thomas’ large dragon are examples of their skill in forming sculpture.

Angel Gates’ “Trump” doll is hanging near a “Hillary” doll.

Hannibal’s art teachers begin encouraging creativity in elementary school, as evidenced by the variety of work on exhibit.

Among the work of fifth graders at Veterans School, one picture is labeled “Dave White shoe” with the artist named Tyler. Some Stowell students made photo montages. Katelin Booth’s featured the local Mark Twain Riverboat and lighthouse in an ocean scene.

Sculptures also were made by fifth graders at Holy Family School, including Aiden Harvey, Caden Welch and Jaxon Terrill.

A picture resembling a Campbell tomato soup can was created by Eugene Field fifth grader Jayleigh Robinson. She labeled it “Jayleigh soup. Ingredients, beautiful, singer, artistic, runner, nice, friendly, granddaughter, daughter.”

At Oakwood school, students including Preston Danner combined a colorful design in the background with a split face, presumably their own.

Designs also were featured in the work of Mark Twain Elementary students, such as Marcus Ball.

Hannibal Middle School and Holy Family eighth grade students have paintings on exhibit, such as a hummingbird by Molly Large of HMS and a snail by Kenlie Stroud of Holy Family.

The HAC encourages the public to support the young artists by viewing their work and also attending their awards reception.

Additional photos are posted on hannibal.net.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.