CFAC Reception Features High Schools’ Artists


ROCK SPRINGS — Nearly 90 students from Rock Springs High School and Black Butte High School are displaying their best work at the Community Fine Arts Center from May 2 to the 20th.

A reception for family, friends and the public to recognize the students will be held Wednesday, May 3rd from 6:00-to-7:30 pm.

With 9th through 12th graders showing their talents, the gallery has 148 pieces of art on display. This is the last exhibit in a series of students’ work highlighting the celebration of National Youth Art Month observed in March. To accommodate all the schools in the district, the CFAC continues the displays from February to May.

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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 effort and dedication really shows in the students’ artwork,” said Debora Soule, CFAC director. “We are honored to showcase their talents at the CFAC.”

The Rock Springs High School art teachers are David Doporto, Tania Szewczyk, and part-time instructors Scot Weir, Hannah McCoy and Amanda Margrave. Along with the traditional drawing and painting classes, sculpture and pottery, digital photography and computer graphics are taught at the school.

The students from Rock Springs High School exhibiting are: Brady Anderson, Lari Brown, Daniel Cannon, Caren Cantrell, Kevin Cervantes, Abby Christman, Madison Corbitt, Brookelle Cox, Caitlyn Cox, Ian Cox, Carletta Crank, Chloe Davidson, Morgan Doporto, Frida Duran, Kaelen Forrest, Emily Gomez, Kameron Hale, Kaylin Havskjold, Liliana Hernandez, Harlie Holt, Melissa Hughes, Brenden Kachnowski, Ally Klingensmith, Adonis Kortnik, Cody Larson, Hayden Larson, Kaylee Lee, Chloe Love, Rayven Lucero, Sussy Maldonado, Aubrie Martinez, Brixan Mathis, Cami Mathis, Dani Marfil, Ed Marfil, Trevor Moon, Kaiden Normand, Lauryn Otto, Karissa Phillips, Slade Pitt, Amrey Plemel, Alexis Portillo, Janea Ramirez, Vanessa Ramos, Sidney Reese, Brianna Robertson, Aimee Rodriguez, Jessyca Smith, Hannah Spicer, Sophie Spicer, Brooklynne Stauffer, Brittany Stephenson, Flor Tapia, Rachel Tardoni, Sara Thompson, Teno Trujillo, Carson Tyler, Emily Tyler, Olivia Uhrig, Kyler Van Valkenburg, Madeline Verheydt, Rylee Walker, Angelina Yantis, and Drew Yerkovich,

A special project this year is the Vans Custom Culture Competition.

According to their website it “was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets.”  It is a national high school competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around specific themes. Winners can receive up to $50,000 for their high school art program. Voting is taking place now. The students who are participating this year are Madison Corbitt, Chloe Davidson, Chloe Love, Slade Pitt, and Sydney Reese.

Black Butte High School students receive art lessons from instructor Shari Kumer. The students have worked in a variety of media this year including painting, drawing, and clay.  The students who have focused on the art classes are Noah Achenbach, Kourtney Archuletta, Shane Bingham, Blaise Boudra, Alyssa Boyer, Sadie Campbell, Alexis Court, Nick Diaz, Kaden Kelly, Shannon Kelsey, Joey King, Desirea Larsen, Jacob Leuis, Nick Leveque, Maya Lowry, Jamie McMillan, Kaden Palmer, Brandon Sanchez, Gavin Sawyers, Raeden Shaw, and Thomas Trujillo

Friends and family of the students, and the public, are encouraged to visit the CFAC to see the students’ exhibit as well as enjoy the permanent art collection owned by Sweetwater County School District Number 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. The CFAC and county libraries will be closed on Friday, May 12th for their annual staff training day.