Student art on display

Kim Wheeler has been working for Wapakoneta City Schools for 18 years as an art teacher, and for the fourth year she has held the annual art show at Cridersville Elementary School.

The art show’s opening night took place on May 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and relatives, friends and students were able to walk around the school and see all artwork from every student in school.

“They get to show off their work to friends and family, it makes their artwork more important, it gives them greater pride in their artwork,” Wheeler said. “Then in addition to that most of these children will probably not go to an art opening or a gallery and so having a gallery walk through your own school is as close as most of those children will get to an art museum or an art gallery, and so I think that exposure is real important.”

Wheeler said CES experienced a great turnout for the art show with about 100-150 people coming on opening night for the students to show off their artwork to.

“I think also you know seeing your artwork in a different format and light, that helps them (students) to identify what is really good about their artwork,” Wheeler said. “I just think it makes the artwork more important than if it’s just stuck in a folder or taken home without being displayed.”

For the full story, see the Saturday, May 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.