EVERY TIME I VIEW the annual Student Exhibit at the Paradise Center for the Arts, I want to snatch several pieces from the walls for my art collection. I’m that impressed by the student art. And I’m not just saying that because I want to be nice and tell the kids they do a great job. My praise is genuine.
From block prints to paintings to collages to weavings to drawings done in a range of mediums, this art is diverse, introspective, often colorful and worthy of showcasing.
What I especially appreciate about this second floor show is the opportunity for students to put their art out there in a public venue. I expect one day the works of some of these artists will hang in the Paradise’s main floor galleries or in other galleries.
Already the Corey Lyn Creger Memorial Gallery in the Paradise is devoted to artwork by a high school student artist.
It’s reaffirming for young people to have their talents validated and appreciated, whether on the floor of a basketball court, the stage of a theater or in the hallways and rooms of an art center. All too often the arts lag behind sports in societal importance. Arts are to be valued, too.
To the students from the nine Faribault schools—Roosevelt, Jefferson, Lincoln, Faribault Middle School, Faribault Area Learning Center, Faribault Lutheran School, Cannon River STEM School, Divine Mercy and the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind—with artwork on display, thank you. I enjoyed your creativity.
I see a lot of potential as these artists continue to grow and learn.
FYI: The Student Exhibit will be on display until April 1 at the Paradise, 321 Central, in downtown Faribault.
Please check back for a story on art created by students from the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind.
© Text copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Artwork is the copyright of each artist and photographed with permission from the Paradise Center for the Arts.