CL Central and Prairie Ridge high schools team up for annual art show

CRYSTAL LAKE – The annual Crystal Lake Central High School art show is getting bigger this year as the school is teaming up with Prairie Ridge High School to showcase student pieces.

The two-school art show will provide for a larger event but will also bring the two Crystal Lake sports rivals together, Crystal Lake Central Art Teacher Kerry Parrish said.

“I'm hoping that the Central kids and the [Prairie Ridge] kids can come together instead of competing,” she said. “There's so much competition with sports in our district. There isn't a venue where kids are coming together for one common goal. And that's why I think this is a big deal.”

The showcase is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with artwork displayed in the hallways, cafeteria and stairwells of Crystal Lake Central.

Hundreds of pieces will be shown from the two schools, including sculptures, digital photography, drawings and other pieces.

Emily Nofsinger, an 18-year-old senior at Crystal Lake Central, will have her series of drawings displayed, which detail different ways people communicate.

“My concentration was communication,” Nofsinger said. “How we communicate, what we communicate, and what inhibits communication.

“I drew a punk girl with pink hair. It's about what people see and what she really is. I also drew a girl in a wheelchair. She wants to dance but she's inhibited from physical communication and her love for dance.”

Nofsinger said she was hesitant when she first heard Prairie Ridge was joining Central's art show, but said she's excited about the collaboration.

“I'm excited for them to have the opportunity because they don't get to have art shows,” she said. “I'm excited to see another school's work. It's going to be fun to see a different school and a different set of skills.”