CENTREVILLE — Some award-winning Queen Anne’s County High School students have entered the Small Works Exhibit at the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts in Centreville, said Michael Bell, supervisor of visual and performing arts for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.

The show is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. All works at the exhibit are under 11 inches in size. There are more than 100 works from other local artists, as well.

Patrons can buy tickets to bid on the piece they would like to win. The show opened Friday, Feb. 7, and will be up until March 14, when there will be a closing ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. and tickets will be drawn for the winners of the artworks. You do not have to be present to win.

Tickets can be purchased during the Centre for the Arts’ regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, through the closing ceremony.

Stephanie Zeiler, Visual Arts Department chairman at Queen Anne’s County High School, said she thanks the elementary and middle school teachers who first sparked a love for art in their classrooms and taught and encouraged her students to be the fine artists they are today.

The participating students from Zeiler and Timothy Goodger’s art classes added the twist of using recycled materials when they were given drink coasters as their starting “canvas” and incorporated discarded wallpaper samples into the design when mounting their work — a fun twist that will be part of QACHS’s “green school” application, Bell said.

Zeiler’s students who are participating include seniors Jenna Hauser, Cara Brown, Melissa Gill, Matthew Mariano, Emily Milko and Allison Candella, and juniors Melissa Weigman, Annika Liimatainen and Rebekah McCreary.

Goodger’s students who are participating include junior Amelia Haynes, sophomore Lynzie Gardner, and freshmen Kelsey Rogers and Kendal Harris.

The next collaborative event at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council will be the inaugural Faculty Art Show for art teachers in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. Opening night will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 21.

“My message from day one for our art teachers is to stay artists,” Bell said. “I’m very grateful for our outstanding partnership with the Queen Anne’s Arts Council and thankful to Rick (Strittmater, executive director), for creating this opportunity for everyone. He’s got such a great vision and works tirelessly to help our students and teachers. I know the small works show is going to be a tremendous success, and I’m looking forward to Faculty Art Show, too, seeing all the great work our art teachers will produce.”

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