For 20 years, Oaks Christian School has been inspiring students to develop their creative spark as part of their complete OCS educational experience. Two decades later, as the school celebrates its 20-year anniversary “artistic excellence” is still a core distinctive at Oak Christian School as evidenced by the OCS Community and Alumni Visual Art Show (CAVA) on display now through homecoming on Oct. 19.
CAVA is a month-long artistic exhibition of art by OCS students, siblings of students, parents, alumni, and staff and includes a wide range of works: abstract expressionism, woodworking, realistic drawing and painting, photography and mixed media. The pieces are displayed throughout the Price Academic Building, and the closing reception takes place Oct. 19 at 1:30pm.
OCS Visual Arts Chair Anna Wadman was inspired last year to think of a way for the visual arts department to serve and reach out to the community while also offering artists a place to share their work. Not only is the exhibition part of the 20th anniversary homecoming celebration, it is also a platform for OCS alumni to stay connected with each other and their alma mater.
“My hope is this show offers alumni a chance to display and for the Oaks community to celebrate their success. I envision this to be a way to connect fellow artists to one another. Artists typically work alone, and it can be isolating. When our Oaks community comes together and forms relationships with others who are passionate about the arts, great things can happen,” she shared.
As guests view the displayed works, Wadman hopes they realize how much talent (and hard work!) exists in the OCS community and appreciate that. Not only do alumni get to display their works, but Wadman hopes current students will be inspired as well.
“Many of the pieces have deep meaning and I hope it provides an opportunity to slow down and ponder. I also hope that students will get ideas of where they can go with their art and be impacted to see art modeled as a way of life for adults in our community,” she said.
The exhibit is not a contest or a fundraiser— rather the hope is the beauty and diversity of the artwork will bring joy— but if guests do want to purchase a piece, they can contact the artist directly.