Art Exhibit

April 3, 1998

Art Exhibit Features Western Wisconsin Students

Six elementary students from Western Wisconsin will have their artwork on display during the Crayola Dream-Makers art exhibit April 13-May 10 at the Phipps Center in Hudson, Wis.

The regional exhibit, in conjunction with a national art competition, is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Here are the young people whose artwork will be displayed, including age, title of their work, town, teacher and school:

Clare Harmon, 11, "Life and Civilization," New Richmond, Teri Power, East Elementary; Kye Lee Leonard, 9, "The Cat," Hammond, Mary Onkka, St. Croix Central Elementary; Jacob Rock, 6, "Birds," Hammond, Mary Onkka, St. Croix Central Elementary; Caitlin Skaalrud, 8, "Z-2, B-2," Hammond, Mary Onkka, St. Croix Central Elementary; Kellie Lund, 9, "Baby-sitting," Baldwin, Terry Mohn, Viking Middle School; Colton Stanger, 8, "The Northern Lights," Hudson, Dan Girtz, North Hudson Elementary.

Student honorees will be recognized on April 19 at the gala opening event from 1-4 p.m. at the Phipps. The artwork will be displayed in three galleries throughout the center.

Families can enjoy refreshments, piano music, and performance arts such as the St. Croix Valley Boys Choir and Odyssey of the Mind teams. Sculptors, ceramists and other artists will be on hand, creating art and answering questions. Free, hands-on activities will also allow children to make their own masterpieces.

This year's theme, "Tales to Tell," challenged young artists to combine art and language by visually illustrating real and imaginary stories, organized around the components of every story: setting, character and event.

According to Professor Lynn Jermal of the UW-RF art department, a Hudson resident, the works on display show a wide range of imagination and are representative of the high quality of work done by young students.

"It is particularly engaging for people to see children's art and how hard they work at imagery. It is as if they put their whole heart on the page."

Students used media ranging from pencil, crayon, printmaking, collage and a variety of combinations of these to express their stories and to represent common art-making in school programs.

Binney & Smith, makers of Crayola products, introduced the Crayola Dream-Makers program during the 1984-85 school year to help art and classroom teachers enhance the role of hands-on art activities as an integral part of the kindergarten through sixth grade school curriculum. The program encourages creative behavior and conceptual development of children through art activities, emphasizes the value of visual learning in all curricular areas and calls attention to the creative work of children.

Each student selected for regional exhibition will receive a plaque featuring a photograph of the student's artwork. All teachers and children who participate receive recognition certificates.

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