By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Monday, November 7th, 2011 9:00 AM CST
B&J Gallery presents Alice Gatewood Waddell and Teresa Christmas and now through November 23rd you can buy these unique pieces. In a time when art education has been marginalized or even eliminated in school systems around the country, two local artists who share a belief that art can help students both gifted and troubled (or both) in ways that standard educational approaches cannot, will join forces for the very first time for a two woman exhibit at B & J Art Gallery, that began with the Bowling Green Gallery Hop on October 21st and is continuing until November 23.
Bowling Green native and WKU alumnus, Alice Gatewood-Waddell, whose work has been displayed in galleries all around the country and has earned international recognition, currently devotes her considerable talents to teaching art at the Academy at 11th Street, an alternative school for adolescents, and also at Group Effort, a residential school for boys. Both provide alternative education in the Bowling Green City school system, for children who have had trouble succeeding in typical school settings.
WKU alumnus, Teresa Christmas, has served as the Artist in Residence at Warren County’s Cumberland Trace Elementary School since 2003. Like Ms. Gatewood -Waddell , Christmas occupies a unique position in her school system. “The position has been funded in different years by special arts grants from the the Kentucky Department of Education, The Kentucky Women’s Foundation, and even the PTA.” Christmas explains. Christmas’s own art works have earned her recognition and awards, and her fearless determination to try something new continues to inspire her students at Cumberland Trace.
Put more art and love in the lives of your family and friends with a gift from B&J Gallery. Hurry into their store on 107 Nellums Ave. off Fairview Avenue. They are also online at www.bandjgallery.com and on facebook.