Land O’ Lakes Arts (LOLA) will kick off National Youth Art Month with an opening reception Saturday, March 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

The exhibit will include more than 100 works of art created by Land O’ Lakes Elementary, SOAR Charter School and home-schooled students. The public is welcome to view the free exhibit, talk with the young artists about their work and enjoy refreshments. 

Then, for a two-week period, the artwork will be displayed by LOLA’s neighbor Artistree Gallery, showcasing the hard work and creativity of each student. 

Artistree Gallery is located in the same building as LOLA at 4262 Highway B in downtown Land O’ Lakes. The exhibit will remain on display through March 28. The LOLA Center for the Arts is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for exhibit viewing.

LOLA’s Youth Art Month celebration is sponsored by the Northern Arts Council of Wisconsin.

As part of the Youth Art Month celebration, LOLA will hold a free presentation and class at the Land O’ Lakes Library for the Land O’ Lakes Elementary, SOAR Charter School, and home-school students  March 26 and 27 with resident artist Wendy Powalisz and Eagle River artist Debbie Jircik.

The duo will lead a discussion and art project inspired by artist Mary Nohl, who was an artist from Milwaukee well-known for her house filled with folk art from floor to ceiling. Students will use recycled materials to create sculptural pieces inspired by Nohl.

LOLA also will offer a home-school class Tuesday, March 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. titled “Paint the Pins.”  

Students will paint old bowling pins to create new works of art. The challenge will be to use their imaginations to work with the unusual shape of the pin. They will learn how to take a flat image or idea, and turn it into a 3-D piece. 

This course is suitable for home-schooled students ages 5 to 16. Cost is $12 per individual student or $10 each for siblings. Visit the LOLA website or call the office to register.

For more information, visit lolaartswi.com or call (715) 547-3950. 

LOLA Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.