Today is the grand opening of the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council’s (CTFAC) exhibit featuring Dublin High School students’ pieces inspired by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The exhibit will feature artwork composed by students in Tjwanah Smith’s 11th grade English III and AP English III classes. Smith has been teaching at Dublin for 18 years and has been incorporating art and literature for more than 10 years. This year, she noted the artwork was consistently better than in previous years.

“There were always one or two stand-outs each year,” Smith said of past classes. “But this year, there were several really, really good ones!”

Tjwanah Smith spoke with her son, Stacy Smith, who is the executive director of the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council. She told him about the outstanding work by her students. Upon seeing the work himself, Stacy Smith said, “We should have an exhibit featuring these students’ work.”

“We have a lot of talent in these classes,” Tjwana Smith said. “I think some of this work is really advanced and these students can be proud to show their work.”

According to Stacy Smith, the CTFAC is always looking for local art to fill the gallery, especially pieces by students.

“We show everything from professional to amateur,” said Stacy Smith. “As it gets closer to summer we get less artwork coming in, as well as fewer people in the gallery. I thought now would be the perfect time to have the exhibit.”

A reception will be held at 1 p.m. in the CTFAC so that the public can meet the students from the classes and they can show off their work. The pieces will be on display for two weeks, beginning today through May 30, at the River North Gallery.

All different aspects of art are displayed through the pieces, according to Tjwanah Smith.

“There are all mediums represented in this exhibit,” she said. “There’s a little something for everyone - everything from wood burning and charcoal drawings to one piece done with Adobe Photoshop and traditional pencil sketches, painting and sculptures.”

Admission to the exhibit is free.