For more than 30 years, twice a year, the community has been treated to the best of Woodstock School District 200’s student art.

The art show, which takes place each winter and spring, features art from grades one through 12.

A public reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at the Woodstock Public Library. Always well-attended, the reception typically draws school board members, parents, students and community members, and is anything but a quiet night at the library.

Woodstock High School art teacher and fine arts division chair David Bliss coordinates the show with the library. Bliss has taught art at WHS for 24 years, and this year is his fifth year coordinating the show. He also serves as the visual arts coordinator for the district and works with K-12 teachers on curriculum.

“We are always very proud of the talent we have in this community,” Bliss said, adding that today he teaches the sons and daughters of students he had a generation ago.

Entries come in many mediums. This year, Bliss said there are a wide range of 2-D and 3-D materials including ceramic, glass, metal and jewelry entries as well as the more traditional drawing and painting formats.

“We are very lucky to have new art staff bringing new and interesting projects this school year,” Bliss said.

All District 200 elementary, middle and high schools submit entries. Teachers choose roughly 50 to 75 per school. At the conclusion of the show, awards are given to one outstanding piece from each school. One piece is chosen to receive the Superintendent’s Award and will be displayed in the district office.

Bliss said the show will run from Dec. 4 through Jan. 10, giving families opportunities to attend when they are gathered for the holidays.

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