Last Artrageous Friday of the year provides outlet for students

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Ashleigh Atasoy

Art teacher Abbey Trescott is taking a box of supplies to Artrageous Friday where some of her students will make art. Photo by Urmila Kutikkad
Art teacher Abbey Trescott is taking a box of supplies to Artrageous Friday where some of her students will make art.
Photo by Urmila Kutikkad

Today, downtown will host the last Artrageous Friday of the year. The quarter-annual event features pieces from artists among the community and strives to encourage local awareness of all types of arts including dance, pottery, design, movement and jewelry, among others.

Senior Campbell Thompson is more than excited for the project and thinks that the event is a great medium for the community to become invested in the Columbia art scene.

“I think it’s really cool because a lot of times you don’t get to see some of the local Columbia artists and things they do,” Thompson said. “It’s a good way to experience all their artwork and purchase their art and support Columbia as a community.”

Along with the local artists, RBHS art students will also be involved in the festival. RBHS art teacher Abby Trescott will work to continue the school’s relationship with the festival and work alongside seven other art students, including Thompson, on a new piece outside of the Columbia Art League building.

“Me and six other art students are doing a rotating canvas so we all have our own canvas and for 15 minutes we work on it with like a different media and then we trade so at the end we have like six finished artworks that are collaborated,” Thompson said. “We’re gonna have [six pictures] for each canvas so that we have like a base idea for what kind of thing we want to do.”

RBHS art teacher Abby Trescott said Artrageous will provide a great opportunity for students. Along with exposure for the student’s pieces, the festival has the potential for networking chances within the Columbia community.

“We’ve been doing Artrageous in conjunction with CAL [Columbia Art League] for the past few years so we’re just continuing the tradition,” Trescott said. “The hope is that this gives our students another opportunity to participate in the community scene, to continue forming relationships with [the] professional artist community and for Rock Bridge students to get some recognition.”

In addition to events this Friday, Artrageous events will be in full swing this weekend with shows Saturday and Sunday   at locations around downtown.

By Ashleigh Atasoy

To learn more about the festival you can go to http://www.artrageousfridays.com/ for more information on events, art shows and other performances that will be happening this weekend in The District.