NORTH CANTON  The seniors in the art program at Hoover High School held its annual senior show exhibit in the recently opened Studio 525 inside the high school. Studio 525 is a student managed art gallery which is open to public viewing.

Visual art teacher Chris Triner said the gallery was made possible with funding from the North Canton Educational Endowment Fund and the Hoover Sideliners Boosters.

"With the grants, we were able to transform a space next to the art classrooms into a student managed gallery, it’s a learning experience that I really wanted to give the students in their last year in our program, " Triner said. "We put in new flooring, lighting and art display track. Plus, Abbot Blinds donated the blinds for the room and we had an anonymous community member donated wall display units. The students do all of the work from matting and labeling the paintings to setting up the exhibit, curating and maintaining the gallery."

The senior show May 10 had 60 works on display including book sculptures, paintings, drawing and mixed media. Long-range goals for the gallery include showcasing Hoover Alumni shows and K-12 shows.

"Studio 525 will be open for the public during the hours that events are happening in the high school. We will also have special tours for different community groups. The Silver Sneakers from the YMCA viewed this show one day last week and then had lunch in the Tri Star Café run by students at the high school," Triner said.

Senior Sasha Umlauf was one of the students with artworks on exhibit. She was talking to visitors about how she completed a charcoal reduction piece.

"The piece starts by coating the board with charcoal and then using an eraser to reduce the amount of charcoal to make the images," Umlauf said. "It took me about two weeks to complete a drawing but I restarted to get the piece I have on display this evening. This completed piece took about a week to get it the way I wanted it."

Umlauf is planning to attend Kent State University for art education and is hoping to teach art in a K-12 district.

In the middle of the gallery show, the seniors presented Triner with a portrait of himself. Each student painted a tile which were combined to complete the piece.

"Students have put a lot of hard work, time and energy to make the gallery work. People have been offering to buy their artworks which is part of the learning process of managing the gallery. I couldn’t be happier with the way it’s working out," Triner said.