Student Art Shows Continue At CFAC

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Imaginative artwork from Northpark and Overland Elementary Schools will be on display at the Community Fine Arts Center from February 19 – March 2nd. Clockwise from the top the first two works are from Northpark School — Collage Bear by Tarin Anderson, 4th grade and Snowman by 3rd grader Mia Holgate. Peacock by Kenzli Evans, kindergarten; Lily Pad Pond by Drake Hautala, 2nd grade; and Abstract Portrait by Calista Mancini, are all from Overland. Photo courtesy of CFAC.

Rock Springs, WY 2/24/2019 — Northpark and Overland Elementary Schools are currently participating in this year’s second Youth Arts Exhibit at the Community Fine Arts Center until March 2. The exhibit began on February 19. Over 120 students have their unique pieces of art on display.

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National Youth Arts Month is observed in March each year, but the CFAC has art displays of the Sweetwater County School District No. One 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.

“Each year there are creative and talented students and we look forward to this time of year because the kids’ art is such a delight,” said Debora Soule, CFAC director. “I personally like the projects that you can see the kids’ imagination come to life!”

The students have worked in a variety of media including watercolor, markers, ink, colored pencil, oil pastel, 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.

The students from these two schools are under the instruction of art specialists Jacob Harkins and Kaci Turner.

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The next schools to exhibit will be Sage and Stagecoach Elementary Schools on March 5 – 16; followed by Walnut and Westridge Elementary Schools on March 19 – 30; and Pilot Butte and Eastside Elementary Schools April 2 – 13.

Rock Springs Junior High School will be exhibiting from April 16 – 27 with a reception on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m.  Completing the Youth Arts Exhibits will be Rock Springs and Black Butte High Schools from April 30 – May 18 with a reception on May 1.

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 #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 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.

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