The Creamery Art Center in Hotchkiss will combine two student shows to fill both the special show galleries in May.
Hotchkiss High School art teacher Jamie Roeber has been preparing all year for the presentation of her students' art show at the Creamery.
Also showing at the Arts Center for the first time is a show featuring the artwork of the North Fork Community Montessori School (NFCMS).
An opening reception for the artists will be held the evening of Friday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The high school exhibit runs through May 21 and the Montessori students' show will be on display until June 10.
"This is the Hotchkiss High School students' fourth year doing a gallery show," says teacher Jamie Roeber. "They do the setup, food, artwork, and they line up music, so they can experience what it takes to create a gallery opening. Every student in the program gets a piece in the show. Students opened their eyes to how much art is a part of the world and they came back saying, 'I know what I want to do now.'"
Roeber runs a choice-based classroom. Students have to pick what objectives they hope to reach. "I don't give cookie cutter projects. It's all about the kids."
A featured piece in the exhibit is a monumental bulldog sculpture titled "Rufus" which recently took first place and a $600 prize in Aspen's Red Brick Center for the Arts annual student art show where 40 schools from around the state submitted entries. "Rufus" was crafted by five Hotchkiss High School students using old, used chicken wire. Wesley Hardin, Brendon Beck, Alex Smith, James LeValley and Jaden Simpson call themselves the "The Alpha Squad." They teamed up to build the sculpture which is 7-1⁄2 feet by 6-1⁄2 feet to be used as the school mascot. After the show at the Creamery Art Center, "Rufus" will find a home at Hotchkiss High School.
The student exhibit in the Creamery's Peach Gallery will include artwork from all 79 North Fork Community Montessori School student artists, preschool through sixth grades. The artists created works using a variety of media and techniques including collage, clay, drawing, fiber art, pastel, printmaking, sculpture and water media. The Montessori first through sixth grade students attend weekly art class with art educator Shannon Castle. Preschool and kindergarten students create art with one of their classroom teachers, Sheilla Torkelson. Students are encouraged to use and understand visual arts as a way to communicate. They utilize the elements and principles of art and explore a variety of art materials and techniques throughout the school year.
Don't miss this evening of fun, food and culture as the Creamery shows its support of the young artists in the community. Refreshments, wine and micro brews will be offered.
The Creamery Art Center is located at 165 West Bridge Street in Hotchkiss. Contact 872-4848 or email gallery@ creameryartscenter.org for more information.blog comments powered by Disqus