Friday, May 10, 2019

Annual Student Arts Showcase Attracts Hundreds to View Artwork Created by Local Youth

Over two days recently a gigantic space in Martell was filled with the colorful artworks created by local K-8 school students, the ARC, and others. Many from the public came and marveled at the amazing creativity.  Numerous guests were the students themselves proudly pointing out their work, which had been matted and labeled.

The event was the annual AmadorArts’ Student Arts Showcase, and the art was the product of the classes that AmadorArts presents in all K-6 Amador schools. Each student artist received a Certificate of Achievement.  Also featured were works from an Art Pilot Program at Ione Junior High, from ARC, from Dr. Pam Sharp’s Children Art Studios, as well as art created by young men from the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp.

The curator this year was Nan Muzinich, a member of the AmadorArts Board of Directors of AmadorArts.  She thanks the St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Parish for providing its space for the several days needed for hanging, exhibiting, and the taking down the art. In particular, Parish office manager Marge Vicarri was very helpful. Others worthy of acknowledgement are Cynthia Dunn-Selph who annually donates her art display stands, and Marie Garcia and Frances Farmer for the donation of their time and smiles. Others from the Board of AmadorArts greeted the many guests and made the student artists feel special.

Funding for the Arts in Education (AIE) programs is made possible by the generosity of many AmadorArts Donors.  The director of the AIE Program is Sue Lagomarsino, and over ten years she has developed in-depth, standards-based instruction by professional artists that reaches all local elementary schools. In the current school year, over 2,200 students participated in arts classes facilitated by the non-profit AmadorArts.

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Amador’s  free Student Arts Showcase featured artworks from kindergartners through junior high school.

Haden Timm, age 8 from Plymouth, explains his abstract cut-paper work 
o Sue Lagomarsino, head of the Arts in Education Program for 10 years.

Faith Bandy, age 9, stands by her artwork.

Kindergartner Lillian Pier points to her flower she made while learning the color wheel.

Maverick Alaway, third grade, shows off his certificate of achievement. 

Nan Muzinich, from the AmadorArts Board, replenishes the refreshment table
in her role as curator of this year’s Student Arts Showcase. 

The Woods family of Ione stand in front of the watercolor that 4th grader Darci created;
L to R Nathan, Addison, Darci, Cameron, and Chrystle.

Adults at the ARC created art, including this poignant piece. 

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