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Art: It’s kids’ stuff

Tamie Meck
Staff Writer

Even when it’s as small as a dainty piece of silver jewelry, or as silent as a solo being sung into a large auditorium, art is big all this coming week at Glenwood Springs High School.

The 13th annual All Glenwood Kids Fine Art Celebration runs May 3-9. The week includes performances by choirs and bands, theater performances, and a large-scale exhibition of student-created art, featuring glass and stained glass, ceramics, collage, paper sculpture, printmaking, clothing, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, pen and ink, silk-screen and more.

“When I started this thing 13 years ago, I never envisioned this,” said art teacher Annie Brooks. “It’s just monumental.”

The exhibit alone features thousands of pieces of art, created by students from Glenwood Springs and Sopris elementary schools, Glenwood Springs Middle School, GSHS and Yampah High School. Brooks said that it is up to each student whether he or she wants to sell the work. Anyone who is interested in purchasing a particular piece can contact the school, talk to one of the art teachers, or leave their name and number and a complete description of the piece they want, and the student can contact them.

GSHS art teacher Jack Niswanger had some of his drawing and painting students divide their work into themes, including Colorado history, nature, creative lettering, and cultural. Thumbing through drawings of buffalo, Buffalo Bill and dinosaurs, his critical eye seemed to like what it saw.

“That’s what you get for cracking the whip at your students for seven month,” he said. “It’s not bad.”

Brenda Maher, who teaches Art I, Drawing and Painting, Clothing, and Jewelry, was busy Wednesday helping students select pieces for the show.

The kids get excited about the show about now, she said, “especially when they start hanging the show.”

Brooks said that when the show first began it took up about one-third of the gym and required four display boards. Now, there are 20 display boards, and the entire gym is wall-to-wall art.

Brooks was also quick to credit all the support from the community that makes the show such a big success.

The exhibit, which is located in the high school’s main gymnasium, is open to the public from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4; and from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 6-9.

Also on Friday and Saturday, the GSHS Drama II class will present “Legend of Robin Hood … Sort of,” a comedy spoof about England’s most famous bandit (see below for details).

At 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, the High School Band, under the direction of Rob Merritt, performs in the auditorium. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, the GSHS Choir, under the direction of Jeannie Miller, performs in the auditorium. At 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, the Senior Showcase, featuring an array of talents by GSHS seniors, will be held in the auditorium.

For more information, call 384-5555.


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