At any time of year, a visit to the Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes is likely to renew your faith in the power of the arts to transform lives. The storied organization on the edge of the Fruit Belt is dedicated to providing education in the visual arts to everyone regardless of age or means, and its three cluttered floors are almost always bustling with activity.
Rarely does the building feel more alive than during Locust Street’s annual art show. On Sunday, the organization will host its 53rd annual exhibition, featuring work by young students, teenagers and adults in media ranging from painting and photography to clay sculpture and digital animation. The show is a yearly reminder that artistic talent is not subject to geography, income or expensive training.
This year’s anniversary show is also the first overseen by recently appointed director Liz Van Verth, who took the reins of the organization from co-founder Molly Bethel. While Bethel remains a constant presence at Locust Street, Van Verth is renewing efforts to ensure its financial stability as the neighborhood and the arts funding climate in this city evolves.
The show is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and will also be available for viewing from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday. With the exception of a few rooms, most of the art on the walls will remain up for the rest of the year. Call 852-4562 for more information. – Colin Dabkowski