The Yeiser Art Center's annual Teen Spirit exhibit highlighting the talents of area youth was mounted earlier this week.

High school students from across western Kentucky and southern Illinois contributed pieces to the show and all of the gallery's walls are packed.

The exhibit this year contains 200 pieces ranging from paintings, drawings and photography to bookmaking, ceramics, jewelry and fiber arts.

"I amazed at the talent of the students, but also the dedication of their teachers who have been dedicated to their creative development," said Lexie Abra Millikan, executive director of the Yeiser. "We have such a creative region, and I'm glad that Yeiser Art Center can continue this tradition and tribute to our young people."

Teen Spirit has been one of the constants on the arts group's calendar since the exhibit was first launched in 1993.

"This exhibition is very important to the youth in our area, because it gives them the chance to see their art work up in a professional gallery which can instill confidence and propel them forward in whatever they decide to do," Millikan explained. "It's really fun to see the variation of material and ideas."

The yearly happening has "come to symbolize the success of art education in the area," and YAC continues to mount the show as a tribute to all the schools, students, teachers and other art professionals whose work and enthusiasm have been key to its success, the Yeiser said in a post about the exhibit.

Teen Spirit will be available to view at the Yeiser Art Center through Dec. 14.

Located at 200 Broadway, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $5 during regular opening hours, except Wednesday, when admission is free.

Yeiser members always receive free admission to exhibitions.

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