By JOE MAHONEY
The Daily Star
---- — “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” — Pablo Picasso
The creativity of young minds will go on display Saturday in Roxbury, and the theme of the show at the Orphic Gallery — located at the old Roxbury Corner Store — is music.
The exhibit — featuring the work of Roxbury Central School art teacher Michael Reidlinger’s students — will run through January.
The exhibit is being curated by Reidlinger and Orphic Gallery proprietor Phillip Lenihan, who came up with the idea of giving students an opportunity to experience having their work show in a professional gallery while exposing them to the business side of art.
“When I bought the building here, I noticed they had an installation of works by the students right across the way from where we are, and I thought it would be nice to put something in her to occupy the building, and so I called the school,” said Lenihan, a former rock promoter who opened the gallery last summer.
The new exhibit is called “ARS MUSICA, Muiscal Art by the Art Students of the Roxbury Central School.” Lenihan said the theme of the show is in keeping with his goal of defining the Orphic as a gallery that promotes visual arts intertwined with the world of music.
An artists reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Orphic Gallery, located at 53525 State Highway 30. The student artists are expected to be on hand for the reception. It will be up to them to determine if public can purchase the works, said Lenihan, noting he will contribute the gallery’s commission to art-related education programs.
Reidlinger, a teacher for 25 years who also serves as the junior varsity basketball coach at Roxbury, said his students are delighted that the Orphic Gallery has rolled out the welcome mat for their work.
“It’s absolutely a wonderful thing that a private business like Phil’s has offered entrance to these kids,” he said. “Culturally, it’s really excellent, because now the kids are seeing the business side of the art world.”
Generally, he said, the arts in public school receive far less emphasis than core curriculum subjects such as mathematics and English.
“The arts are a nice element that need to be recognized more often,” the teacher added. “The creative juices are what drives everything else. It’s in art class where students can express themselves more freely, within the parameters of the program.”
Lenihan said he is looking forward to converting part of space in the gallery to work areas for artists and craft makers to produce their wares. “It will give people a chance to experience the creative process, and there would be a stronger interface between the artist and the public.”