Student art shows begin at CFAC

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Sage Elementary student Lincoln Foster proudly points out his fox drawing included in the first Youth Arts display this year.  

Wyo4news Staff, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING — The first Youth Arts Exhibit is hung and ready for students to bring their family and friends to see their creative artwork. Over 150 students in kindergarten through third grades from Northpark and Sage Elementary Schools are featured in this display at the Community Fine Arts Center through February 19. 

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Each year, exhibits of the Sweetwater County School District No. One student’s artwork highlights the celebration of National Youth Art Month. This observation recognizes the importance of art and arts education in school programs. Art, music, and 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 watercolor, colored pencils, markers, collage, and pastels. Following the state standards in education, students explore techniques, study important artists through history, and learn terminologies such as perspective, balance, form, shape, color hue, and value.

Annette Tanner is the art teacher at Sage Elementary and Jamie Morgan teaches art at Northpark Elementary.

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Students participating from Northpark Elementary are:

Kindergarten:  Briar Berg, Damon Chavez, Madelyn Cross, Brock Curtis, Brantlee Failor, Duke Furman, Ella Gifford, Jayse Gifford, Amberlee Gonzalez- Gomez, Norah Hartford, Evelynn Muller, Isaac Nunez, Jacquelyne Reyes, Carl Steven Stanton, Ava Torres

First Grade:  Eliott Boling, Ethan Crawford, Allen Crofts, Lynzee Garner, Simon Gross, Bradley Hinton, Jalee Jayroe, Andreas Martinez, Taylor Riggs, Vincent Rosales, Kassidy Smith, Navie Tamllos, Maverick Wright

Second Grade:  Bearett Berg, Nieko Chavez, Cameron Christensen, James Cleveland, Kolbee Curtis, Eleazar De La Fuente, Mavrick Failor, Renee Gomez, Madelyn Hall, Bracken Hillickson, Bradi Homer, Josie Jeppsen, Chevelle Macejack, Lyric Maciel, Madyson McKinney, RJ Moore, Estaban Pacheco, Lois Roberts, Liana Scott, Chevelle Story, Alexandra Weidner

Third Grade:  Ezra Anderson, Jace Aullman, AJ Belnap, Bella Benitez-Moreno, Kymberlee Chavez, Carson Combs, Jaycee Corona, Finley Egbert, Bryson Fletcher, Kyleigh Frazier, Dax Harmon, Donald Johnson, Isaiah Knieper, Ivy-Joe Macy, Bryson Mortensen, Sadie Nichols, Charlee Pasek, Gael Pena, Sofia Saavedra, Shyann Somerville, AdrianVazquez

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Sage Elementary students displaying their artwork are:

Kindergarten:  Easton Attebury, Aaron Backstrom, Brightyn Benedict, Melody Candelaria, Lailahni Corley, Paisley Davis, Bostyn Jarvie, Drew McCarroll, Dallas O’Driscoll, Paige Radakovich, Penelope Ramirez, Oaklee Polaski, Maylee Schoenewald, Kellin Shaw, Brooklynn Timothy, Alaylah Torres, Jolena Townsend, Joshlynn Willey, Lee Wilmetti

First Grade:  Avery Burciaga, Marko Bowers, Ailuk Campbell, Briggs Christiansen, Taven Crosby, Parker Elmore, Rose Freeman, Robert Gee, Everett Golden, Irving Gutierrez, Hazel Hibbs, Alexandria Pearl Huffman, Ada Jarvie, Maddyson Lovato, Easton Pastor, Gentry Richins, David Ross, Santiago Silva Flores, Seth Smock, Jane Sorensen, Sandra Virgilio-Martinez, Saylor Whitaker, Trace Williams, Mikaila Winward, Cooper Wright

Second Grade:  Ryder Apel, Stella Backstrom, Braxton Burnham, Mila Candelaria, Ellie Childs, Gabryel Clark, Beckham Davis, Kaleb Faigl, Cari Gobbo, Deziray Gustafson, Owen Huseth, Dawson Muller, Antony Perez Cortez, Jerzee Pyer, Ruth Rodriguez, Emerson Serk, Jessa Sloan, Sanaya Smith

Third Grade:  Shilorniah Aiono, Andrew Braden, Elliosh Cook, Ammyn Corbett, Crue Evans, Lincoln Foster, Sawyer Gardner, Madelyn Harris, Isaac Lemon, Addyson Lovato, Mason McCain, Averie O’Driscoll, Quincy Richins, Kierstynn Seavers, Alexander Silva, Jovanna Terrill, Teagan Tipton, Zailey Wilcock

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The next schools to exhibit will be Walnut and Stagecoach Elementary Schools February 22 – March 5; followed by Desert View Elementary and Farson/Eden School from March 8 – 19; Pilot Butte Elementary School March 22 – April 2; and Eastside Elementary April 5 – 16.

Rock Springs Junior High School’s exhibit is April 19 – 30 with a reception on April 20th  followed by Rock Springs and Black Butte High Schools from May 4 – 21 with a reception on May 4.

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.  Masks are suggested and we practice social distancing.

The CFAC was started due to the vision of one of the Rock Springs High School teachers, Elmer Halseth. He encouraged his students as far back as the late 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. Halseth was accepted into the Rock Springs High School Hall of Fame in 2017 for their contributions to our community.

CFAC hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

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