Artwork by BIHS student Rosalie Bouchard-Bihr

The fine art program at Berkeley High’s International Baccalaureate school is holding a gala opening reception for an exhibition of student work on Thursday 24th, 6:00-8:30 p.m., at the school’s Community Theater.

The show is open to the public and some of the works will be for sale, with a share of proceeds going back to the art program.

The fine-art classes are taught by Kimberley D’Adamo, who says students have been working towards the annual exhibition for a long time. The project is one aspect of the program’s examination.

“The class is about thinking as much as it is about art,” she says. ‘The students use art as one way to explore an idea. Students decide on a theme — be it the nature of the human soul or how to capture the essence of a person in a portrait — and then articulate it in their work.”

All students in the program are invited to participate, and there are 35 solo exhibitors, as well as many other works on show. Admission to the gala opening recept is free, and refreshments will be provided.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...