SHEPHERDSTOWN — An art show featuring work by eight local Girl Scout troops, focused on the World Thinking Day theme, “Our World, Our Peaceful Future: The environment, peace and security,” led to 48 works of art being exhibited together, thanks to a partnership between the Girl Scouts, the Shepherdstown Community Club and the Shepherd University Visual Arts Collective.
Held this past Friday and Saturday, the show welcomed dozens of visitors to the War Memorial Building to observe the work done by the girls, as well as to participate in special tea, wine and Girl Scout cookie pairings for adults on Friday.
On Saturday morning, girls participated in a forum led by local Girl Scout leader Angelina Gray, who shared feedback and information on the arts from the Visual Arts Collective with the girls. Gray discussed the types of mediums used in the creation of art and each girl contributed what medium she used for her exhibit at the show.
Through their art, Gray said the girls were taking action and sharing with the world the concepts behind the World Thinking Day theme. Several of the art projects were done in conjunction with other Girl Scout badge work, which involved specific troops focusing on specific mediums.
Isabelle, a member of one of the Daisy troops, which is the youngest Girl Scouts age group, pointed out her collage, for which she had cut pictures out of magazines to form the piece. In addition, the piece featured a fish that she painted as a focal point.
“I was looking for a doggie and I found a doggie,” Isabelle said, as she proudly pointed out the photo of the dog in her collage.
Josie, another member of the Daisy troop, explained that her collage reflected the necessity of cleaning up the ocean.
Keeping the oceans clean was a continuing theme, depicted by Bella in a painting on canvas. In her painting, Bella highlighted bags, nets and other debris that should not be found in the ocean and showed its effects on the inhabitants of the ocean such as turtles. Bella’s photo also showed the dove of peace flying above the ocean.
Medney, an eight-year-old Brownie, showed off her paper-mache project, for which she cut pieces of newspaper and used glue to wrap a balloon to make the earth and paper town and newspaper rolls, to create her three-dimensional piece.
“I was happily surprised with the huge turnout. We are so appreciative of Jen Wabnitz at the Shepherdstown Community Club,” Gray said, mentioning the Shepherdstown Community Club is always supportive of the troop’s projects.