ERIE- "Celebrating the possibilities" was the theme at the 77th Annual Dr. and Mrs. Robert Guelcher Art Show.
"The artwork that has been created is absolutely phenomenal," says Bridget Barber, Director of External Affair at the Barber National Institute. "Our judges this year were extremely impressed with the quality of art produced by the children. They were totally blown away."
"Rinaldo the Puppet" kept some people smiling, while others were busy with a scavenger hunt. But it was the artwork submitted by both professionals and amateurs that really stood out in the crowd.
Since the show began back in 2008, it has grown into one of the largest and most diverse exhibits in the region. More than 500 pieces of artwork are on display.
"I won an award and that makes me feel good," third-grader Gavin Sorek says.
Sorek, a student at Erie Day school received honorable mention for his piece titled "Spirit Bird." It was the icing on the cake for a picture he worked so hard to craft.
"Art should be fun and exciting," Sorek adds.
Gavin wasn't the only one who received top honors. Artwork created by children and adults with disabilities were also featured in the show.
Since April is Autism Awareness Month, the Barber Institute knew exactly how to promote it.
"One would not believe the creativity of persons with disabilities," Barber says. "Having said that, one would not believe the creativity of people in our communities. This is an outlet for them."