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Elementary art display opens Friday

Fiber art by Levi Marszalek from St. Gabriel Catholic School is one ofthe exhibits to be shown at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association’s elementary art competition exhibit starting on Friday.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

Budding artists from five elementary schools will show their talents at an exhibit which opens Friday at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association.

A total of 101 exhibits are being readied for the show from Fayette Central, Grandview, Eastview and Maplewood elementary schools and St. Gabriel Catholic School. The young artists are under the tutelage of teachers Debra Stanley at Fayette Central and Grandview, Maggie Ross at Eastview and Maplewood, and Enola Delaney at St. Gabriel.

“It was hard to judge; there’s a lot of good stuff in here,” Sharon McQueen, WVAA president, said.

Thirty-four works will be reproduced to be hung as downtown street light banners. Last year, 16 students had their works hung. This is the fourth year for the elementary art exhibit but just the second for the competition.

The artists chose a wide variety of media for their works: three dimensional, pencil, marker, watercolor, crayon, fiber, plaster and even one pillow sewn together. Some are self portraits.

“Some of them really, really show promise,” McQueen said. “We hope they will continue their artwork because it seems like music and artwork (classes) are the first to go. We appreciate the teachers making the effort and hope it goes out to some of the other schools.”

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 402 Central Ave. Works will remain on display this month. 

Association members Doug and Gayle Siebert, Tracy Burns and McQueen judged the exhibits. 

The March exhibit is the high school art competition with prize money available. 

McQueen reminded those who may own paintings by the local local Fritz Conwell that his work will be displayed in August. The Arts Association is looking for people to lend Conwell paintings for that show.