Walnut, Westridge Elementary Students Showcase Their Artwork

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Polar bears, penguins and moose, oh my! Artwork from Walnut and Westridge Elementary Schools is on display at the Community Fine Arts Center from February 11 - 22. This is part of the National Youth Arts Month celebration recognized each spring. Courtesy photo

Student art shows begin at CFAC

ROCK SPRINGS – Student artwork from Walnut and Westridge Elementary Schools are now on display for the next two weeks at the Community Fine Arts Center from February 11 to 22.

“We always look forward to this time of year honoring the talented students in our community,” CFAC Director Debora Soule, said. “The walls are covered with colorful, bold works of art and are a definite joy to see.”

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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.

This first exhibit of 2020 Youth Arts includes artwork from 196 students. The students are under the instruction of Jamie Morgan at Walnut Elementary and Kaci Turner at Westridge Elementary.

WALNUT ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

KINDERGARTEN:  Garrett Bain, Michael Barry, Harper Bertagnolli, Rhyder Born, Adelia Burke, Arideana Cook, Zoey Harper, Veronica Lindsay, Quinn Macy, Wyatt Mann, Brighton O’Malley, Peder Pedersen, Colette Pinegar, Dean Reed, Bella Sheldon, Emma Skorcz, Aiva Tate, Brooklynn Vase

FIRST GRADE:  Bradlee Allen, Aja Blache, Olyvia Cornell, Luke Durrant, Blake Hall, Raylee Hunsaker, Rhylan Jensen, Hunter Loredo, David Lowell, Briella Martinez, Myka McIntosh, Gunner Porter, Ashley Shassetz, Cyrus Sweets, Richard Whicker, Jr., Julianna Wilde

SECOND GRADE:  Daxton Angelovic, Caleb Barry, Ariel Boahene, Erika Chaverria, Brooklyn Condie, Hayden Da Silva, Colleen Denison, Linda Eguade, Ivan Faycosh, Zameson Gerken, Airrieauna Diaz Harper, Samuel Parker, Colton Pedersen, Tavia Shalata, Xzavier Skiles, Mia Valdez, Brody Womble, Denin Ziegler

THIRD GRADE:  Sammy Cairns, Taryn Christie, Theodore Clark, Annalee Durrant, Xavier Espino, Gage Evans, Raelynn Fisher, Briseidy Martinez Garcia, Lilly Hansen, Jaida Hernandez, Tristan Johnson, Jamileth Noguera Marquez, Kaylie Powell, Isaac Rall, EJ Rivera, Miah Sheldon, Preston Simek, Jonah Spence

FOURTH GRADE:  Aurora Ainge, Kaiah Blache, Cash Butcher, Xzayviana Calderone, Berkley Garner, Ismael Hernandez, Parker Keen, Karley Keslar, Baylen Kitteridge, Kenneth Knox- Zanetti, Amilya Lemon, Caroline Lowell, Sadie Reed, Marison Ruiz, Kaylie Springer, Dayton Uhrig- Santillanes, Sam Walton, Kenya Zambrano

WESTRIDGE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

KINDERGARTEN:  Santiago Acosta, Zachary Audette, Erin Bailey, Enzo Ball, Landen Bird, Ryker Cadena, Collin Case, Gabryel Clark, Jaeson Gibson, Trinity Heward, Lillian Hopkins, Robert Jensen, Ayden Krotzer, Tanya Campos Lugo, Justus Martinez, Adilayde McCort, Grace Spencer, Adylee Spiker, Johnny Strand, Peter Tolhurst, Brighton Wadsworth, Oaklei Wissel

FIRST GRADE:  Serenity Bowers, Nevaeh Carmine, Savannah Chappell, Jacey Chavez, Alden Clark, Gunner Christensen, Willian Colbert, Sophia Dickenson, Genessys Camarillo Espinoza, Connor Gailey, Hadley Hafner, Koda Helmick, Olivia Humphries, Ellie Jenkins, Briley King, Addyson Lovato, Maylenne Rodriguez Nieto, Molly Owens, Angel Barrios Padilla, Keelynn Platzer, Sebastian Rice, Sofie Russell, Keston Tims, Dailor Wiggins, Riley Williams

SECOND GRADE:  James Anderson, Jaxon Ball, D’Nasia Battle, Wesley Clark, Adalyn Cretsinger, Porter Croft, Brook Deppe, Caleb Dorton, Alexander Johnson, Mariah Karnes, Tekara Keech, Miranda Martin, Carter Pierpoint, Shaylin Robinson, Mariah Salazar, Casen Valdez-Burke, Yazlin Vicencio-Delgadillo, Evelyn Walker, Makayla Weaver, Daniel Yang

THIRD GRADE:  Rylee Burton, Justin Cervantes, Josie Christensen, Konner Evans, Jasmine Hadden, Travis Henson, Adeline Hopkins, Payton Jensen, Zack Lambert, Yadira Landeros-Salcido, Phenix Laster, Chance Lugibihl, Jayden Martinez, Jaxon Moen, Adrian Rodrigez Nieto, Lucy Owens, Jaslene Pacheco, Haivenn Romero, Benjamin Smith, Marin Sunich, Asher Wall, Ashlen Zhong

FOURTH GRADE:  Emily Audette, Charlene Barnes, Erin Black, Aubrey Boodleman, Jennavee Chavez, Payton Dodge, Drue Dorton, Kade Erickson, Emilia Gonzalez, Bailee Grigsby, Austain Hornberger, Aspen McConnell, Haidyn Moody, Caleigh Morley, Christopher Moy, Emmanuel Perez, Nicholas Satterwhite, Julien Vincent, Michelle Yang

All are encouraged to visit the CFAC to see the students’ exhibit as well as the permanent art collection owned by District No. 1. 

The CFAC was started due to the vision of one of Rock Springs High School teacher’s, Elmer Halseth. He 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 CFAC 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.