NEW LONDON — The artwork of eight New London-Spicer graduating seniors will be on display Thursday evening, May 6, at the annual art show and ice cream social.

The event is 6-8 p.m. at Greenwater Garage + Gallery, 101 South Main Street in New London.

The show is a culmination of the students’ high school art experience, including this year when each of the eight students participated in an independent art study program where they worked in their own studio space in the school’s art department.

Tatianna Roley, a senior at New London-Spicer, paints decorations on a pottery bowl that will be fired and for sale during the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday,  May 6, at greenwater garage and gallery in New London. Carolyn Lange / West Central Tribune
Tatianna Roley, a senior at New London-Spicer, paints decorations on a pottery bowl that will be fired and for sale during the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at greenwater garage and gallery in New London. Carolyn Lange / West Central Tribune

The students set their own curriculum, decided what they wanted to accomplish and signed a contract with NLS art teacher Kari Lindquist-Weber to ensure they would complete their assignments.

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“And then it comes together at the end with the senior show,” said Lindquist-Weber, who had high praise for the student’s dedication to their projects, eye for detail and maturity in handling a challenging school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A sculpture by New London-Spicer student Jack Weber will be on display at the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Greenwater Garage + Gallery in New London. Submitted photo by Kari Lindquist-Weber
A sculpture by New London-Spicer student Jack Weber will be on display at the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Greenwater Garage + Gallery in New London. Submitted photo by Kari Lindquist-Weber

“They have just rolled with the punches this year and last year and I hope this can be a celebration of all that they did, despite these obstacles,” she said.

The event includes displays of 6-10 pieces of artwork from each of the students, including Brianna Deming, Grace DeSchepper, Melinda Keller, Marissa Marxhausen, Summer Moore, Tatianna Roley, Madeleine Schiller and Jack Weber.

“This is their best portfolio of work,” Lindquist-Weber said.

This painting by New London-Spicer student Brianna Deming will be on display at the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Greenwater Garage + Gallery in New London. Submitted photo by Kari Lindquist-Weber
This painting by New London-Spicer student Brianna Deming will be on display at the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Greenwater Garage + Gallery in New London. Submitted photo by Kari Lindquist-Weber

The show is expected to include sculptures, paintings, drawings, mixed media work, graphic design projects, architectural models, photography, mosaics and sketch books that show the students’ progress.

Lindquist-Weber said the students are in charge of the one-day pop-up art show.

This painting by New London-Spicer student Melinda Keller will be on display at the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Greenwater Garage + Gallery in New London. Submitted photo by Kari Lindquist-Weber
This painting by New London-Spicer student Melinda Keller will be on display at the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Greenwater Garage + Gallery in New London. Submitted photo by Kari Lindquist-Weber

“They make the artwork. They put on the show. They do all of the legwork to get the exhibit ready and then they present their work for one night only,” she said.

Maddie Schiller, a senior at New London-Spicer, used this studio space at the school this year to create a portfolio of work that will be on display during the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Greenwater Garage + Gallery in New London. Submitted photo by Kari Lindquist-Weber
Maddie Schiller, a senior at New London-Spicer, used this studio space at the school this year to create a portfolio of work that will be on display during the senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Greenwater Garage + Gallery in New London. Submitted photo by Kari Lindquist-Weber

A fun part of the annual art show and ice cream social — which was started 10 years ago — is the ability to purchase an original handmade pottery bowl with ice cream.

Craig Edwards, a master potter from New London, made and donated 100 ceramic bowls that the eight students decorated and glazed last week. During an afternoon session in Edward’s studio in New London, the students experimented with different swirls and designs on the bowls.

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Edwards fired the bowls in a gas-fired kiln and delivered them to the Greenwater Garage + Gallery for the show.

The bowls can be purchased for $25 with proceeds going to the NLS art department.

Craig Edwards, a master potter from New London, watches as NLS art students paint decorations on bowls he made and donated for the student's senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, at greenwater garage and gallery in New London. Carolyn Lange / West Central Tribune
Craig Edwards, a master potter from New London, watches as NLS art students paint decorations on bowls he made and donated for the student's senior art show and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, at greenwater garage and gallery in New London. Carolyn Lange / West Central Tribune

Typically the bowls are filled with scoops of ice cream topped with chocolate, caramel and sprinkles. But because of COVID concerns, ice cream will be available in single-serve containers with no toppings, Lindquist-Weber said.

The art show will be held partially indoor and outdoors, with COVID protocols followed.

The evening also includes music, opportunities to talk with the artists about their work and an announcement of the Julia Iverson Scholarship.