Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Local artists wow community

Art exhibit provides a showcase for students’ work

April 6, 2006

Outstanding, spectacular, beautiful and impressive were some words used to describe artwork displayed Saturday at the second annual Artistic Endeavors exhibit at Community National Bank.

Students from across the Basehor-Linwood district were given the opportunity to showcase their fine-arts talents to the community through ceramics, photography, drawing, music and sculpture.

Chad Harvey, an art teacher in the district, said the large display was always something he envisioned.

"Creating art and getting it out in the public is so important because fine-arts programs are always at the top of the list of school budget cuts," he said.

"We jumped at the opportunity to do it, and we got a great space to use."

Several students, accompanied by their parents, walked through the display to find their creations.

Ava Willcut, sophomore at Basehor-Linwood High School, came with her parents to see the collage she put together in drawing class. Willcut said she plans to pursue art as a career.

"I want to be an art teacher," she said.

Other unique projects included realistic, miniature houses made entirely of toothpicks, colorful critters called "screamers," self-portrait drawings and clay masks.

While most of the artwork was displayed inside, vocal and instrumental students also were performing outside.

Tammy Potts, the district's Youthfriends coordinator who was helping with Saturday's event, said Artistic Endeavors was a great way to showcase the talent of Basehor-Linwood students.

"We just wanted to express all the creativity growing in our district," she said.

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