Carissa Barnhouse (5 pieces at top), Madeline Russell (bottom left), and Beatrice Gutierrez (right).
Artists ages 11 to 16 took over the FFOYA House art gallery in December for the Young Artists "Art is My Voice" Show. The art show was sponsored by a grant from ArtWorks, Inc., and organized in coordination with Art Matters for the BG Gallery Hop on Dec. 1, 2017. Young writers and musicians performed in an open mic showcase during the art show. Fourteen young artists from the region were featured in the show: Maria Jackson, 12; Hanna Thorp, 16, Greenwood High School; Madelyn Kirk, 12, Bowling Green Junior High School; Aidan Dillard, 12, Bowling Green Junior High School; Madeline Russell, 16, Barren County High School; Gabriella Nopo, 12, Bowling Green Junior High School; Lily Simpson, 12, Bowling Green Junior High School; Emma Simpson, 14, Bowling Green High School; Emily Mason, 12, Bowling Green Junior High School; Brenya Carr, 13; Carissa Barnhouse, 13, Barnhouse Academy; Beatrice Gutierrez, 11; Daniel Bell, 12; and Emma Bridges, 13.
From top to bottom: Madelyn Kirk (1 & 3) Gabriella Nopo Daniel Bell Carissa Barnhouse
Emma Bridges (left), Madelyn Kirk (3 at top right) and Gabriella Nopo (2 at bottom right and sculpture).
Lily Simpson (2, at left) and Emma Simpson (5, at right)
Brenya Carr (left) and Maria Jackson.
Participants were asked to describe how they use art as their voice. Some of their answers:
“I use art as my voice through the depth of what I create. I try to put meaning behind every piece I make; I want the viewer to think about the art they are viewing and form their own meaning around it. Through art, I can convey an emotion, or depict a scene, and through this I use my voice to make my art mean more than what meets the eye, allowing for a unique interpretation for each individual who sees the work.” -- Emma Simpson, 14, Bowling Green High School.
“I express my feelings through my art. Whatever my emotion is, there is bound to be a hint of it in my art.” - Gabriella Nopo, 12, Bowling Green Junior High.
“Art is my voice because it speaks for me. It creates an image that tells a person’s character and describes the emotions I feel. I normally go to art when I’m having a difficult time, and I use it to express my emotions through the creativity and level of difficulty in my work of art.” - Madeline Russell, 16, Barren County High School.
“With all the ideas flying around my head, art is sort of a way to make sense of what I’m thinking. And making those ideas into something that I hope looks somewhat decent sort of helps get my thoughts in order. Of course, this method is not 100 percent reliable and sometimes leaves me more confused than before.” Lily Simpson, 12, Bowling Green Junior High School.
“I use art to express what I’m thinking. The first and second pieces show gender identity and the fact that anybody is beautiful no matter what skin tone, ethnicity, etc. I’m able to show what I like through the third and fourth photos because it shows I’m fascinated with space and planets like the girl seems to be fascinated with the things in the fourth picture. The third picture shows what I like by showing that I like mountains and learning about people from different backgrounds.” -- Emily Mason, 12, Bowling Green Junior High School.