Student art exhibit looks at healthy lifestyles while helping babies


Ravi Kumar, 18, left, and Kathryn Horter, 18, both Eastside High School seniors, are members of the March of Dimes Chain Reaction Youth Leadership Council. They have organized a student art show entitled “Portrait of a Healthy Lifestyle.”

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Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:42 p.m.

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If you go

What: “Portrait of a Healthy Lifestyle,” a student art show and exhibit to benefit the March of Dimes
When: Opening reception is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday with live music performed by high school rock bands, healthy finger-foods and a silent auction featuring health-related products and services. Exhibit continues through March 9.
Where: The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, 716 N. Main St.

This weekend, the 18-year-old Eastside High School senior will have her art featured in "Portrait of a Healthy Lifestyle," an exhibit of works created by students from six Alachua County middle and high schools.

The exhibit opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and continues through March 9 at The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center. The reception includes live music performed by area high school musicians and a silent auction.

The art in "Portrait of a Healthy Lifestyle" focuses on healthy choices and lifestyles. The exhibit, which includes paintings, drawings, photographs and murals, was organized by Kathryn Horter and Ravi Kumar, both 18 years old and seniors at Eastside High School and members of the March of Dimes Chain Reaction Youth Leadership Council.

Chain Reaction members are encouraged to organize a fundraiser each year, and the two began planning the event in November, Kumar said. The event aims to raise about $400 for the March of Dimes, Horter said.

The students involved are enthusiastic about sharing their work with the city of Gainesville, she said.

"It's just an opportunity for them to express themselves," Horter said.

Sue Johnson, a volunteer at The Doris, said she likes that Horter and Kumar are using art to encourage health awareness.

"I like the way they're using art to tell an important story," she said.

She said she thinks it's important for people to visit "Portrait of a Healthy Lifestyle" and support a positive thing happening in the community.

"Using art to create an engaging situation allows everyone to make a connection," Johnson said.

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