[caption id="attachment_82173" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2021\/07\/04.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" class="size-full wp-image-82173" \/> Artwork by Pocahontas County High School students is currently on display at Dirtbean in Marlinton. The paintings and drawings were selected from the art created by students during the 2020-2021 school year. Photo courtesy of Diana Nelson [\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nAs an Art-part of the First Friday events, Dirtbean in Marlinton is loaning its walls to showcase the talent and work of Pocahontas County High School students.\r\n\r\nArt teacher Diana Nelson said she was contacted by Gail Hyer, who organized the exhibit with Dirtbean owner Kristy Lanier.\r\n\r\n\u201cGail Hyer contacted me, and she said she was working with First Fridays and they wanted to display artwork at Dirtbean,\u201d Nelson said. \u201cKristy was interested in having that done, as well.\u201d\r\n\r\nSince the majority of the school year was virtual or remote, Nelson started a Facebook page which allowed the students to display their artwork. From there, she was able to choose pieces for the exhibit.\r\n\r\n\u201cI had a Facebook page with all the artwork throughout the year,\u201d Nelson said. \u201cThis was the first year that I\u2019ve done that because, with COVID, we didn\u2019t have our Evening with the Arts. I looked at a different way to get our art out to the public in a way that didn\u2019t require people to gather.\r\n\r\n\u201cI picked which ones I thought were our most outstanding pieces,\u201d she added.\r\n\r\nSeveral of the pieces were also selected by the Pocahontas County Artisans Co-op to be part of the Children\u2019s Art Trail which will be installed at the Marlinton Depot.\r\n\r\nDespite the school year being a whirlwind of in-person and virtual class sessions, Nelson said her students still managed to let their creativity flow and use the materials available to them at home.\r\n\r\n\u201cI sent home paper with everybody ahead of time, so they had that,\u201d she said. \u201cWhenever I assigned projects, it was something they could do with minimal materials. Your basic colored pencils, pencils \u2013\u00a0just whatever you had at home. We didn\u2019t do a lot of painting. If kids had paint at home, they could certainly do that, but we just kept it pretty basic.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe students would do their art and then send photographs to Nelson through email or Microsoft TEAMS.\r\n\r\nThen she posted it all to the Facebook page \u2013\u00a0PCHS Art Classes \u2013\u00a0for everyone to enjoy.\r\n\r\n\u201cGoing through and looking at their artwork, I\u2019m amazed at what the kids accomplished this year because it was a crazy year,\u201d Nelson said. \u201cWith art \u2013\u00a0you really need to be in the class \u2013\u00a0but that second nine weeks, we were out in virtual. Considering the type of year it was, we were very productive with our artwork. I\u2019m very pleased with it.\u201d\r\n\r\nNelson said she plans to keep the Facebook page updated, even when school gets back to normal and students are in the classroom every day.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think it\u2019s one of the good things that came out of this year, getting that Facebook page started,\u201d she said. \u201cIt certainly opens up a larger audience to our work.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe artwork selected for the exhibit at Dirtbean will be on display through August.