The Selbyville Public Library regularly displays local artwork, but Selbyville’s youth have the honor of displaying their work for the entire month of March. The town council recently once again proclaimed March to be Kids Art Month, and the Selbyville Community Club will celebrate it with their annual children’s art show.
“It has been nice. It has grown,” said Jackie Bates, Arts in the Community chairperson for Selbyville Community Club. She marveled at the artwork and the children’s excitement at attending their own art exhibition. “I never know what to expect.”
Now in its ninth year, the month-long exhibition began as a simple coloring contest. Now visitors can see the evolution of art education through more than 100 students, from elementary children just learning to express themselves to teenagers with complex designs. Because the club encourages teachers to work the contest into their curriculum, submissions include artwork in two and three dimensions and all kinds of media.
“History’s been recorded through art. We need to take a stand on elimination of the arts today, because it’s important,” said Bates. She said everything, including the pixels of a color television, require good design.
School children of all ages from the 19975 ZIP code are invited to participate, including those who are homeschooled.
The award ceremony will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Selbyville Public Library, during a reception with refreshments that lasts until 4 p.m.
The four judges are local artists, entrepreneurs, teachers or art enthusiasts. Mayor Clifton Murray will name the winners and distribute awards. Murray has said in the past that he was amazed by both the art and the way multiple generations come together to view it.
After the award ceremony, some artwork will be spread around town, to local businesses. J. Conn Scott furniture gallery is just one of many shops that display the artwork.
“We always like to display,” said Robert Scott, whose family owns the business. “And we just love the color and the enthusiasm of the kids’ work.”
As children, Scott said he and his two brothers loved drawing. Today, his mother supports the library and Selbyville Community Club. Typically, he incorporates around a dozen student artworks into the showroom décor.
“I even place appropriate art for that particular room setting. Some of them look very professional,” said Scott. “I am just all about giving encouragement to artistic children. I really am.”
“We couldn’t do the event without the patrons,” said Bates. “It’s very, very encouraging, the support of local businesses and individuals.”
Bates thanked many patrons for their ongoing support: Bunting & Murray Construction; David S Nilsson, CPA; James K. Kramer, DDS; WSFS, Selbyville branch; the Town of Selbyville, Mayor and Council; Bob Dickerson, town manager and WSFS board member; J.Conn Scott; Mountaire Farms of Delmarva; Beachview Chiropractic Center; PNC Bank; Janei’s Art Studio and Gallery, Williamsville; Pizzelli’s; McDonald’s of Selbyville; Party Corner; Backyard Builders; Harris Teeter; Food Lion; Roger’s Graphics; and the club’s Arts in the Community committee.
Anyone who would like to support the Arts in the Community Program can send contributions to Selbyville Community Club; P.O. Box 840; Selbyville, DE 19975. Funds support monetary prizes for winners in each grade level. Last year, 56 children won awards.
The Selbyville Community Club has sponsored Kids Art Month as a part of their Arts in the Community Program. The club is an affiliate of the national General Federation of Women’s Clubs through the Delaware State Federation of Women’s Clubs.