ROCK SPRINGS – The 2015 Youth Art Month displays will start next week at the Community Fine Arts Center. The first of a series of exhibits is featuring Lincoln, Overland, and Walnut Elementary Schools March 3-14.
Each year, displays of the Sweetwater County School District No. One student’s artwork highlight the celebration of National Youth Art Month observed in March. This observation recognizes the importance of art and arts education in school programs. Art, music, and the performing arts activities can help students develop life skills including self-expression, problem solving, creativity, individuality, and being able to see the beauty both in traditional art forms and the world around them.
The students have worked in a variety of media including tempera paint, watercolor, markers, ink, colored pencil, and collage. Following the state standards in education, students explore techniques, study important artists through history, and learn terminology such as perspective, balance, form, shape, color hue and value.
“Displaying 167 students’ art for the first YAM exhibit fills the gallery,” said Debora Soule, CFAC director. “We love seeing the new projects that the teachers come up with and the pride the students have when they bring their families to see the exhibit.”
The students are under the instruction of Shannon Brown at Overland, Pamela Sipe and Brown at Lincoln Elementary School, and Christine Wilmetti at Walnut Elementary.
The students exhibiting from Overland Elementary School are first grade: Hannah Bae, Keyshawn Brown, Jayla Daniels, Astoria Einfeldt, Yareli Gil, Santiago Govea, Jayli Hansen, Kaylena Hansen, Marely Hernandez, William Hernandez, William Maes, Marisol Meza Lopez, David Nussbaum, Jorge Olivas, Jennifer Penuelas, and Mariah Veesart; and second grade Audrey Alexander, Emily Bae, Evelyn Chaverria, Kaylie Delgadillo, Alex Del Villar, Jazmine Flores, Izaac Guerrero, Lexi Moses, Billy Peterson, Lybburtie Olson, Jonah Robinson-Kim, Ryan Sledge, Landen Smith, Bailey Snyder, and Tatyana Sweets.
Overland third graders are Serenity Adame, Serenity Carpenter, Lilly Duncan, Landon Ewald, Nariah Gonzales, Bella Hazelhurst, Danial Hunter, Aubree Hymas, Cally Jensen, Avery Johnson, Rodrigo Juarez, Shelsea Maradiaga, Aubrielle Maes, Presley Nacey, Silvia Orellana, Jocsan Rochin, and Jazmine Skinner; and fourth grade Ben Bae, Delaney Druce, Samantha Dunbar, Jeremiah Fennell, Abigail Harris, Gustavo Hernandez, Shelby Koepplin, Kayla Orellana, Gaby Peraza, Maggie Powell, MacKensie Reece, Mia Santos, Kasandra Silva, Kyndall Storey, and Jeremy Weber.
Lincoln Elementary students participating in the show are from first grade: Aizlynn Abram, Alexus Arcoren, Savanna Bailey, Sierra Bailey, Evelyn Faull, Ruby Florencio, Zairic Gerken, Azul Lopez, Aunica Mayne, Katie Offutt, Daniel Perez, Ashlan Rosenbach, Jose Ruiz, Natalie Walsh, and Henessie Yoshida; and second grade Hunter Darlington, Kaydin Drawdy, Shelby McDonald, Adrian Montoya, Ashlyn Pacheco, Isaac Perez, Trysten Rossi, Aveleigh Scheuerman, and Kennedy Terrill.
Continuing Lincoln’s students are third grade Braden Bass, Cienna Brown, Khoy Buell, Travis Hart, Shasta Hodges, Jay Roy Jordon, Miguel Maldonado Ramos, Dystine Morgan, Alexa Trovillion, and Kayla Weber; and fourth grade Annalisa Garnell, Kat Schwatken, Salem Schweitzer, Rozalyn Trujillo, and Morgan Vessels.
Students from Walnut Elementary are first grade: Kodah Bettelyoun, Cameron Brower, Alyssa Brown, Elyse Bunsenbark, Lilia Faudoa, Prestyn Harvey, Jed Hoyt, Bella Knox-Zanetti, Chevy Larson, Lilian Larson, Trace Schwarts, Jayden Walker, Heidi Watson, Colton Wolfe, and Lydia Woolsey; and second grade Corynn Bell, Roxy Burns, Logan Condie, Johnny Corbett, Mikey Cosmer, Jakob Egan, Blake Fields, Griffin Garner, Timothy Graham, Brecken Kitteridge, Vilate Lowell, Jenassa Nickell, Konnor Porter, Emma Roark, Pryce Skyles, and Emily Wilke.
Walnut’s third grade students are Adisyn Allen, Hailey Angelovic, Zavi Babich, Richard Barnes, Hallie Cozzens, Jordan Curtis, Adoria Hoyt, Lucy Levek, Savanna McCloskey, Kevin Mitchell, Joshua Odogwu, Dailen Pedersen, Leland Richards, Dominic Rizzi, and Jayden Rochford; and fourth grade Timmothy Campbell, Lindsey Cox, Emily DeBernardi, Emma Fahrnkopf, Hudson Garner, Jaden Godnines, Chance Larsen, Shelby Leatham, Kaitlyn Liptak, Nathan Martinez, Joshua Owens, Darla Patterson, Summer Prettyman, Keylee Reynolds, Shane Ryan, Kyra Schwartz, Alyssa Smith, Evelyn Wilkinson, and Lillian Woolsey.
Continuing the exhibits calendar, next to display their work are students from Sage and Westridge Elementary Schools, March 17 – 28, followed by Desert View, Northpark, and Farson/Eden Schools from March 31 – April 11. Eastside and Pilot Butte Elementary Schools will be next starting April 14 to the 25th.
Rock Springs Junior High School art students will display their work April 28 to May 9 with a reception on April 29. Both Rock Springs and Independence High Schools will hang their work May 12 to 22 with a reception Wednesday, May 13. Graduating seniors who have concentrated their studies in art will display their work May 27 – June 8 which will give their friends and family and opportunity to see their exhibit either before or after graduation.
Friends and family of the students, and the public, are encouraged to visit the CFAC to see the students’ exhibit as well as the permanent art collection owned by Sweetwater County School District No. One.
The CFAC was started due to the vision of one of Rock Springs High School teacher’s, Elmer Halseth. Mr. Halseth encouraged his students as far back as the 1930s to raise money and he helped them to purchase art to hang in their classrooms. In 1966, he arranged for the expanded art collection to be on display for the public and the Community Fine Arts Center began to be an important feature of the town.
CFAC hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.