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Young artists come together for celebration of expression

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Ashley Fowler has created an artistic way to express love for her cousin’s newborn baby, Aly.The Glenwood Springs High School senior recently made a belly cast of her pregnant cousin’s torso and painted a portrait of a mother and child by one of her favorite impressionist painters on the front.”I really enjoy Mary Cassatt’s work, and I wanted to write a letter and make the cast so Baby Aly can have it,” said Fowler, who is planning to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles after graduating this month.Fowler’s acrylic and oil pastel piece is one of more than 4,000 works of art to be on display starting at 6 p.m. Friday at the high school during the 16th annual All Glenwood Kids Fine Art Celebration. The event combines artwork displays and community concerts and performances through Thursday, May 12.While Fowler prepared to sign her colorful belly cast then seal it with shellac, classmate Ryan Becvarik carefully soldered pieces of brightly hued stained glass together for his piece titled “Lady and the Bird.””I like how stained glass is like architecture almost because I piece everything together,” said Becvarik, a participant in the show and competition, which professional artists from the valley will judge. “I like going to the art show and seeing what people think of my art.”Brooks started the All Glenwood Kids Fine Art Celebration 16 years ago to showcase the talents of creative students who sometimes get overlooked in other aspects of their studies.”A lot of these kids just skate by in other classes,” she said. “There are so many students who only do well with the hands-on classes. All year long they hear negatives and finger-wagging, but this is their week to show they, too, have a bright spots.”The annual showcase features not only Glenwood Springs High School students, but also young artists from St. Stephen’s School, Yampah Mountain High School, Sopris Elementary School, Glenwood Springs Middle School and Art Guild scholarship recipients.”When we first started this, we had four display racks, and now we have 27,” Brooks said. “I have many parents who come to the show whose kids have graduated. There are over 3,000 community members who come to the show.”From paintings and jewelry to sewing and pottery, the range of artwork and skill Brooks said will be on display might surprise attendees and judges.Brooks said Beau Temple, a Glenwood Springs High School junior whose pottery will be in the art show, is one example of how talented and eclectic the school’s art students are. Donning an ornate sterling silver ring of his own design, he described some of his pottery as “creepy little statues” that fill his bedroom.”I think Beau could walk into any jewelry shop and they would beg him to work for them,” Brooks said. “He and Ashley Fowler are the top art students of the year.”


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