Selbyville to hold student art show in town

Last year, for the first annual Selbyville Community Club Art Show, more than 300 students turned in pieces to be judged by the club’s members. According to Lucille Creel, the art chairwoman for the club that founded the show, that participation was far above what the club expected and they could hardly handle the resulting size of the show.

This year, they will be a little more prepared, and to good purpose. Selbyville’s Phillip C. Showell Elementary School officials have already said that its students alone will contribute more than 300 art pieces.

“It should be bigger and better this year,” said Creel, who founded the show last year. “We never really had an art show for kids in Selbyville. It went off bigger and better than we expected. We just took the ball and ran with it.”

Any student from kindergarten through 12th grade who lives within Selbyville town limits can enter a piece into this year’s art show, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Selbyville Public Library. Entries should be turned into the library no later than Saturday.

Creel said that the club will accept entries in any style and medium of art, ranging from sculpture to water paintings, but they must be entered in accordance with a list of rules. Each student can only submit one entry, with their name, grade level (most important because the entries are judged by grade level) and school name on the back.

From March 4 to March 11, the entries will be judged by a group of Selbyville Community Club members. The mayor last year announced the 49 winners in three separate categories: soft sculpture, paintings and ceramics.

Creel said the contest will not be bound by categories this year because she wants to encourage students to turn in anything to be judged. After the show, the art will be hung in window-fronts of local businesses across Selbyville, as they were last year.

“It really does dress up the town for Easter,” Creel said. “It did look nice.”

Creel said the club picked this time of year for the art show because it ties in with Youth Art Month, a national tradition in March.

According to its Web site, at, the Art and Creative Materials Institute founded Youth Art Month in 1961. The Council for Art Education, an organization formed by the ACMI in 1984 now sponsors and administers the celebration across the country each year.

“We’re tying in with that,” Creel said. “It’s a national thing.”

Creel does not know how many pieces that Selbyville students will enter into the contest this year, she added; but, judging by the students who have already committed, the storefronts will likely be filled with local students’ art. Creel said that although 300 pieces is a lot of art to judge, the art show’s popularity is a positive – especially considering why she founded the show in the first place.

“My idea was to include and touch everyone in Selbyville with art in one way or another,” she said.