Local youth share artistic talents

Color and imagination is the theme for the Children’s Art Show at the Riverside Art Center in downtown Wapakoneta.

Assistant Gallery Director Pam Knoch said the gallery is focused on youth, featuring preschool through seventh grade artists.

“We wanted to do something for the kids,” Knoch said. “There’s a lot of places for the high school students to put their artwork in, but there wasn’t anything for the little kids.”

Knoch said the art center displays the children’s art every year during January, and she will continue as long as the teachers are willing to submit artwork.

“These kids see their artwork on the refrigerator at home — maybe grandma’s, and they see it on the walls at the school. But, they’ve never seen it in a real gallery,” Knoch said.

Knoch said many of the young artists stop and stare as they enter the gallery for the first time seeing all-student artwork.

“A lot of them stop dead in the door — it’s really cool,” Knoch said. “It’s my favorite show. We all really like the show. It’s fun to watch the kids come in the door.”

The gallery’s opening reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and will be celebrated with awards, goodie bags, cookies and punch.

Every student who participated will receive a goodie bag filled with art supplies. The bags are filled with donations from art suppliers, including United Art and Supply in Fort Wayne, Cheap Joe’s Art, Faber-castel, among others.

For the full story, see the Tuesday, Jan. 21 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.