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BLUEFIELD – The Bluefield Arts & Revitalization Corp. announced on Monday that she would once again host the Mercer County Youth Art Exhibit at the Paine Gallery.

The annual arts event showcases talented middle and high school artists across Mercer County. Participating schools this year are Bluefield High, Bluefield Middle, PikeView High, Pikeview Middle, Princeton High and Princeton Middle. This is the first student art exhibit in two years, the Bluefield Arts and Revitalization Corporation said in a press release.

The artworks included in the exhibition include many mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and more.

The show will run for three weeks and the public reception will be on Tuesday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the Paine Gallery, located inside the Bluefield Arts Center.

Bluefield Mayor Ron Martin expressed his support for emerging artists saying, “The Town of Bluefield is delighted to welcome students from Mercer County and the community back to the arts center after an extended hiatus. The venue is in the midst of an exciting renovation that will hopefully host many great exhibits in the future.

BARC President Rob Linkous added, “As President of the Bluefield Arts Revitalization Corporation, I welcome the citizens of our region to join us at the first art exhibition at the Paine Gallery since March 2020. Having Mercer County Students as our first art exhibit is a great way to support our young people and appreciate their hard work.