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PAC transforms into magical forest for winter art show
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Visitors of the DCHS winter art show take in artworks created by ninth through 12th grade students at the Performing Arts Center Dec. 6. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The Performing Arts Center at Dawson County High School was magically transformed into a forest full of more than 100 pieces of artwork last week for the annual DCHS winter art show.

The theme “Magical Forest” lived up to its name with lit up trees, painted creatures and enchanting murals surrounding the panels of art on display.

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Senior Julianne Jones, who directed the 2018 winter art show, poses with her collection of colored pencil artwork during a reception Dec. 6. - photo by Jessica Taylor

“I got the idea because I thought artwork would fit perfectly within a magical forest because art is magical and beautiful and so is a forest with magical creatures,” said director Julianne Jones during the art show reception Dec. 6.

Jones, a senior, joined the DCHS Visual Arts program during her junior year and has been passionate about art since she was little.

“Art is important to me because it lets me express myself in other ways I wouldn’t be able to and it provides a creative outlet,” Jones said. “It lets me be able to let out any emotion I’m feeling like stress or sadness or happiness, and I like to be able to express it into my pieces.”

She takes inspiration from mythology and enjoys using colored pencils, tempera paint and oil pastels to bring her mythical and monstrous creatures to life – something that also influenced her theme idea.

“Magical Forest” is the first show Jones’ has directed but said overall she felt the show went better than she expected.

“It takes a lot of hours of work, staying after school until 7 p.m., or more like 5 p.m. sometimes,” Jones said. “It just depends on how much work needs to be done that day.”

With a staff working diligently to put the show together by organizing art pieces to display a timeline through the ages of art history and creating mural and set design for the show, it all came together by the start of the show Dec. 3.

During the reception Thursday night, awards were presented to the student artists in categories such as best 2D and 3D artworks, best painting, best portfolio and best sculpture.

In total, there were over 20 categories of awards given.