Exciting new changes are anticipated for the school district's student art show. The venue of the show has been changed, from the AppleShed in Cedaredge to the Garden Center in Delta. The store is empty, which will allow show organizer Jamie Roeber to fill the entire 70,000-square-foot building with art from 11 elementary, middle and high schools.

"We are setting up the district art show in a new and unique way this year," said Roeber, the art instructor at Hotchkiss High School. "In a fun, new twist, the show will be set up by schools, not by art media." The teachers will hang the art in a manner that showcases art instruction in each school.

An opening reception is planned Friday, April 6, at The Garden Center, 1970 S. Main. The reception for elementary and middle school students will run from 9 to 11 a.m. High school students are invited to a reception from 1 to 3 p.m.

The show will be open Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through April 22.

The judge for this year's show is Thaddeus Smith, an artist who has taught in higher education for 15 years, most recently at Western State Colorado University. During the last three years of his tenure he acted as gallery manager where he helped develop a master's program in gallery management and exhibits specialization. Smith has extensive experience as an installer. He has worked for major museums and sculpture parks and has curated for smaller galleries. He is currently taking time off from teaching to work in his studio.

He will be recognizing students in new categories related to artist development. Examples include the Henry Matisse Award for the best use of color to express emotions, the Renaissance Artist Award for most art skills mastered, and the Pablo Picasso Award for best abstract artwork.

Art is expressed differently in every school and by every student artist.

At North Fork Montessori School at Crawford, students attend weekly art class with art educator Shannon Castle. 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. Projects are often choice based so that students are making individual creative decisions, building their skills and practicing artistic behavior.

The NFM@C artwork on display in the Delta County District Art Show celebrates the process of making art and creative thinking. This year the collection features a variety of works including a collaborative book, a collaborative photo essay, mixed media drawings, sculptures, and paintings by students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Vision Charter Academy students thrive on "Voice, Choice, Achieve." A high school art class taught by Christy Hill makes this a priority. Her main goal is to help each student find their passion in art no matter what level they are when they begin. She believes every student can create a masterpiece.

Throughout the year, the students have an opportunity to discover what makes them blossom as an artist as they are exposed to multiple artist techniques. By the end of the year most students have found a new appreciation for art and a self-confidence that they can produce beautiful pieces of art. They have truly found their Voice and Choice in that, the ability to Achieve.

Hotchkiss High School art gives every student an opportunity to find creative problems solving methods in a choice-based classroom. Instructor Jamie Roeber believes engagement is the key to success.

At HHS, art education includes career technical education pathways that can lead to certification in graphic design, jewelry and media design. Students expand their knowledge through self-discipline, a collaborative spirit and perseverance.

The student art show illustrates that Delta County Joint School District #50 values art and the students who express themselves through drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and crafts.

There is no charge to view the show, which will be open through spring break.

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