Go see excellent exhibit

Published 10:10 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019

There’s been perhaps no art exhibit more aptly named than the Suffolk Art League’s annual Exhibit of Excellence at the Suffolk Art Gallery.

This exhibition of student art from high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in Suffolk is a perennial collective masterpiece, and everyone should make time to go see it.

This year’s Best in Show winner, announced Tuesday, is 16-year-old Abigail Ford of Nansemond River High School, whose two works were “Different Sides of Me,” a watercolor and ink work, and “Killer Queen,” mixed media on newspaper that renders Freddie Mercury as part of a Día de los Muertos piece. Enough said.

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Nansemond-Suffolk Academy junior Addy Greene won first with a black-and-white piece with a humorous pop of color. Lakeland High School senior Destiny Kirkpatrick took second with a work titled “Honor” done in the batik technique that pays tribute to her Native American background. Elijah Gent of King’s Fork High School took third place for an acrylic work titled “Thirsty.”

Barbara Hennig-Loomis juried the show and said she chose works based on the innovation, technical skill and craftsmanship displayed.

She encouraged the students to work on their weaknesses and not to repeat themselves just because their work won this time.

We couldn’t agree more. An arts education is vital to becoming a well-rounded citizen, and we encourage these students to follow their passion, whatever it may be, with the creativity this world so desperately needs.

And — it bears repeating — make the time to go see this show.

The Suffolk Art Gallery is located at 118 Bosley Ave. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.