The works of retired Towson University art professor and Aiken resident Tom Supensky and East Aiken Elementary School of the Arts students will open to the public starting today at the Aiken Center for the Arts.

A reception with refreshments will be held today at the Center, located at 122 Laurens St. S.W., from 5 to 8 p.m.

Supensky uses his own life to create clay-based work, where he prefers to keep his “technique and materials as simple as possible,” a press release said. “He focuses his attention on content and aesthetics (and) uses subject matter as symbols to express a variety of ideas or concepts.”

Viewers can expect to see books, birds, lizards, fruit and more among his exhibit, the release said.

Fourth- and fifth-graders from East Aiken are showing their two- and three-dimensional artwork.

The South Carolina Arts Commission has helped make the school an Arts in Basic Curriculum School. The purpose of the commission is to give ABC Advancement grants to schools, like East Aiken, school districts or Gifted & Talented Consortia dedicated to incorporating the arts into their basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction.

Other exhibits at the center are by the artist group “The Five” – Judy Adamick, Elizabeth Moretz-Britt, Doris Sofge, Anne Smith and Jill Stafford – Esther Melton and T'is the Season Invitational Group. All artwork will be on display until Dec. 28.

For more information, call 641-9094.