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Gallery gives middle-schoolers chance to showcase art

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Roseville’s Blue Line Gallery is preparing to open an exhibit featuring the artwork of students from Cooley Middle School in Roseville. “Art in the Middle” will feature artwork by students in Cooley School’s yearlong art program. Developed by art teacher, Jeff Blanchard, the class focuses on the basic elements and principals of art while it allows students ample time for in-depth experimentation through various 2 and 3-D media. Included in the exhibit will be examples of student designs inspired by pop-up artist David Carter, whose work was featured at the Blue Line Gallery in the fall. Blanchard said he sees middle school as the time for students to develop a love for art. “While some assignments are rigid by nature, I have found that when I give students the room to make the assignments their own, they blossom,” he said. The public is invited to celebrate with the artists at a reception from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Jan. 16, during 3rd Saturday Art Walk. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 13. Also at the Blue Line this month ... Opening Jan. 16 in the Gallery’s main space: “Inside-Out Evolution,” an exhibit of paintings by Northern California artist Gerald Heffernon. Blue Line member artists open the year with an exhibit of works by 16 emerging artists. Roseville Arts’ Blue Line Gallery is a nonprofit community center for the arts. Further information may be obtained at rosevillearts.org or by calling 783-4117. ~ Staff report