As I peruse the art of students from Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt elementary schools, Faribault Middle School and Cannon River STEM School, I recognize how this early public appreciation of student art can encourage a life-long love of the arts. The student art lines hallway and gallery walls on the second floor of the Paradise.
It’s colorful. Subdued. Abstract. Real-life. Introspective. Creative. Everything you would expect in art.
Subjects span portraits to scenery. In all seasons. Vivid hues. Monotone. Textured.
This art sparks smiles, makes me wonder about the thoughts of the artists. Were they simply completing an assignment? Or were they moved beyond that to put themselves into their creations?
To the art teachers who guide and encourage these students, thank you. Your efforts show.
To the student artists, thank you for sharing your art. May art always hold importance in your life, whether in creation of art or in a deep appreciation of art. To create is to express yourself. To create is to make a difference in this world. To create is to boldly put yourself out there. I welcome the opportunity each winter to see the works of these students, these artists.
FYI: The student art exhibit runs through April 6.
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