From whimsical ceramic ducks floating in pools of blue resin to intimate self-portraits sketched in brightly hued markers, The Art of Discovery Youth Art Exhibit includes more than 100 works from young, local artists. The free exhibit, located in Upper Lance Hall at the Circular Congregational Church, is presented as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

The Art of Discovery features art from students in 4th through 12th grade, covering topics as diverse as the mediums on display. The students were inspired by themes that resonated with them: First Baptist High School sophomore Ellie DeLuca’s motion-blur photograph of a skateboarder captures how her anxiety feels; Ashley Hall School seventh grader Nela Long’s papier-mâché bust printed with the phrase “My body, my choice” makes a statement on women’s rights. Other themes explored include the Covid-19 pandemic, the environment, body image and social justice.

Visitors have the opportunity to purchase some of the work on display using Venmo handles listed on the title cards.

The Art of Discovery is an annual program sponsored by the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center and NAMI Charleston. The public can visit daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until June 12.

Katherine Kiessling a graduate student in the Goldring Arts Journalism and Communications Program at Syracuse University.

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