ROCK SPRINGS — The third display of this year’s Youth Art Exhibits features Desert View Elementary Schools and Farson/Eden schools at the Community Fine Arts Center from March 13. The exhibit includes nearly 150 students displaying their artwork and they are under the instruction of Jamie Morgan and Susanne Whitson.
National Youth Art Month is observed in March each year, but the CFAC has art displays of the Sweetwater County School District No. 1 student’s artwork all spring. This national 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 CFAC continues to celebrate the importance of the arts in our schools by holding the annual displays. Rock Springs High School teacher Elmer 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.
“This is our favorite time of the year, seeing the students’ artwork and how proud they are showing it to their families! Whether it is collage, pastels, drawing with markers or painting with watercolors, each piece is unique,” said Debora Soule, CFAC director. “The arts matter to all ages and we are so fortunate to share this with the public.”
Desert View Elementary School
Kinderboost: Skylynn Fleming, Karson Kalista, Aiden Leftwich, Kenneth Stromberg
Kindergarten: Adilay Arellano, Derek Bonacci, Giamma Cherny, Lynly Durrans, Liam Grubb, Grace Hays, Isaiah Hewitt, Carsyn Hodder, Amarah Inlow, Noah Magana, Bennett Pedri, Jacquelyn Perez, Zeha Rodabough, Daleyza Sanchez, Trigger Taylor
First Grade: Joshua Colchado, Kambrynn Eyre, Estreya Gil, Yailenny Godoy, Aaron Gutierrez, Maela Hardinger, Ophelia Maes, Hudson Nilles, Alonso Perez, Victor Perez, Avery Schuler, Kruz Wamsley, Amyka Willaby
Second Grade: Luis Avina, Georgia Childers, Aliyah Copeland, Ava Copeland, Jason Duran, Sophia Gomez Piedra, Gavin Haskins, Marybel Iturrio, Kathryn Juoni, Keyla Molina Aguilar, Lalayna Richards, Klohe Smith, Ailyn Velazquez Parra, Alison Wintermote
Third Grade: Richa Cherny, Arianna Clark, Ahna D’Anna, Jarret Hartley, Shaunteya Hunt, Maxwell Lucas, Vanessa Overy, Kaiden Roby, Elliott Souza, Karson Wamsley
Fourth Grade: Deonté Carter, Carlos Colchado, River Cole, Fisher Copeland, California Eaton, Asia Foster, Hailey Hartley, Olivia Hoopes, Sophia Jackson, Yoni Mux Pol, Conner Nipper, Nathalia Perea Rodreguez, Yareli Perez, Donald Phillips, Brinley Porter
Kindergarten: Kinley Harns, Xander Henrie, Dayton Kester, Brycen Ogden, Lylah Ryan, Ramsey Sisam, Alexander Sorenson
First Grade: Gentrey Allen, Benjamin Folks, Garrison Mines, Cora Robinson, Mya Suter
Second Grade: Buckly Baker, Haylee Boodleman, Keelyn Brossard, Easton Macy, Elliana Ryan, Leif Summers, Kiera Weiss
Third Grade: Ashton Folks, Sage Madsen, Paige Neilson, Mason Suter, Bailey Walsh
Fourth Grade: Addison Eaton, Rylie Franklin, Brystoll Gines, McKenna Goicolea, Abby Hendricks, Madison Hodder, Bree Long, Cloie Lowry, Kade Mertin, Paden Neilson, Dustin Ryan, Tessa Ryan, Peyden Sisam, Mark Weaver
Fifth Grade: Saige Baker, Aubrey Boodleman, Kaleb Dubry, Tori Dubry, Karter Duran, Drew Eaton, Sophia Goicolea, Stephen Griffin, Yahir Loredo, Clancy Madsen, Oaklyn Roberson, MaKhenna Ryan, Stryker Thoren, Damian Trejo Gonzalez
Seventh Grade: Mason Bear, Haley Benson, Jaycee Dufford, Alivia Goicolea, Emily Hendricks, CJay Hodder, Kole Johnson, Cadence Jones, Braydon Long, Autumn Madsen, Jaxon Roberson, Eli Scheer, Marilyn Weaver
Ninth Grade, Art 1: Garrett Blaisdell, Audrey Hendricks, Ory Johnson, Cash Jones, Loy Madsen, Kresten Mines, Harlie Smith, Connor Weese
11th Grade: Advanced Art I: Trevor Cowan, Tyra Thoren
Twelfth Grade: Advanced Art II: Katriana Darrah
The next schools to exhibit will be Walnut and Westridge Elementary Schools from March 16-27; and Pilot Butte and Eastside March 30-April 10. Rock Springs Junior High School’s exhibit is April 13-24 with a reception tentatively scheduled on April 14 followed by Rock Springs and Black Butte High Schools from April 28-May 18 with a tentative reception on April 28.