Three students at the St. Croix Falls School District have been fortunate to have artwork submitted by their teacher, Jennifer Clemins, to appear in the Youth Art Month State Exhibition in Madison. These students’ works will be on display with that of other talented K-12 students’ artwork from across the state. This year’s state participants are Maeve McDonough (second grade), Ashlin Waltz (eighth grade), and Ella Stenberg (eighth grade). The exhibition, which is to appear in the Capitol’s Rotunda, will be held Feb. 23 – March 6.
Each school in our region that participates (teacher must be an official member of the Wisconsin Art Education Association) in the state YAM show is allowed only three entries. These works are matted and sent by the teacher to be displayed at the state exhibition. This is the 12th year that St. Croix Falls has had students art shown at the state level.
Youth Art Month is a special observance in February/March that was created to promote the visual arts and arts education in our schools.
Besides the state exhibition, there also is a regional show, where each art teacher can exhibit the art of a maximum of 40 of their students. This show has been held for over 50 years at WITC in New Richmond. The opening ceremony will be Feb. 23 and runs through March 5.
This year’s regional participants are:
Kindergarten: Emersyn Hala and Tessa Cahanes.
First grade: Alyssa Chapman, Soren Skinner, Ryan Anderson, and Zariah Braund.
Second grade: Madelyn Lechman, Hailey Hubred, Lyla Edaburn, Emma Christensen, Kaylie Iserman, and Gabriel Wick.
Third grade: Jonah Dyzak, Trinity Krueger, Ruby Copiskey, and Addison Warner.
Fourth grade: Chloe Frandsen, Brooke Talmadge, Finn McDonough, Riley Larson, Alexis Arneson, and Raleigh Kelley.
Fifth grade: Micah Nwachukwu, Quinn Williamson, Lily Kne, Jacob Binversie, Olivia Shimon, Chase Keopple, Kendra Lehman, Devin Richardson, and Isabella Wilson.
Eighth grade: Rylee Williamson, Paige Haaf, Cole Thompson, Lincoln Ferris, Abby Ruona, Henry Germain, Morgan Gjovig and Ayla Schmidt.
“I am so very proud of my talented students who are showing at the regional exhibit as well as those who are showing at State,” says Clemins. “As an art teacher, I feel it is extremely important to recognize the hard work and creativity my students put into their artwork. Therefore, I put in the extra hours outside the normal work day preparing my students work for both the regional show and the state exhibit. I want my students to realize that the visual arts are a valuable and an important part of our society. I am teaching them lifelong skills I hope they can continue to pursue and enjoy in the future.”