JJC Art Gallery showcases local talent

It’s that time of year, everybody. Not finals just yet. It’s time for JJC’s annual Area High School Art Exhibition!

For the last few years, JJC has showcased students’ artwork from various surrounding high schools. Some of these high schools include Lincoln-Way East, Joliet Central, Plainfield South, and more.

The art exhibit runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 5. There will also be a reception hosted on Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. An awards presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. as well. The exhibit is open to the public. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for viewing.

Some notable pieces that stood out to me were “Soot Lad,” “Jar,” “Out of this World,” and “Dusk.”

“Soot Lad” is a digital illustration done by a student from Joliet West. When you look at the illustration, it seems to pop off the page. The lines and the contrast help make the piece. You feel as though you’re in the piece. It grabs you and pulls you in.

“Jar” is a simpler piece of art, but just as captivating. The artist created the piece using a process called reduction printmaking. This is a time-consuming process, but the results are impressive. The artist uses light colors with a black background. The overall feel of the piece is light and whimsical.

“Out of this World” is a piece that was done using spray paint. “Dusk” is an oil pastel. The colors and shadows work well together. The piece was reminiscent of the pointillism movement.

Pointillism is a technique that was developed in the 1880s. It was developed by George Seurat and Paul Signac. The technique involves applying small, distinct dots of color in patterns to form an image.

JJC has hosted the Area High School art exhibit for many years and plans on continuing their annual showing.