Banks students experience the arts

Published 6:03 pm Monday, December 4, 2023

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The Johnson Center for the Art extends a standing invitation to the community to continue supporting its mission to “Experience the Arts.”

“Each year, we are blessed by those who have a heart for the arts, from the visual to the performing arts,” said Andrea Pack, JCA director. “They know, as we do, that the arts build the local culture and add to the enjoyment of al.”

Pack said the JCA presents programs that are free or low cost, thanks to the support of JCA members.

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Some of these available programs include field trips from area schools. The JCA was busily alive with the sound of students as they viewed JCA’s exhibitions and learned more about art from local artists, Kitty Smothers and her dad Mike Benton.

Smothers shared how her interest in art extended from simple drawings to contract work in different mediums. Benton, laughingly, told students how his first dabbling into art was inspired by comic books. Now, Benton has commission work for book covers.

The students viewed the exhibits with a questionnaires in-hand that encouraged them to look more closely at the artwork and to select their favorite works and express why.

To know more about the arts and the value of community support, visit the JCA at 300 E. Walnut Street in downtown Troy or call 334-670-2287.

The JCA is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.