Student artwork on display now through May 21

Krystle Wagner • May 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Families celebrated Wednesday the efforts of their children on display at the Grand Haven Community Center.

Local students and their parents participated in the opening of the annual Grand Haven Area Public Schools Elementary Art Show. The exhibit includes about 800 works of art completed by kids in Young Fives through fourth grade.

The show is a collaboration of the district’s elementary school art teachers — Martha Alexander, Christian Doctor, Chris Fiore and Kellene Damian. The artwork is in a variety of mediums — drawings, paintings, ceramic, sculpture, collage and more.

Alexander, an art teacher at Mary A. White and Rosy Mound elementary schools, said they expose students to different mediums because children express themselves differently.

“We try to find the strength of all our students,” she said.

The student artwork titled “Inspired by the Great Lakes” will also be displayed as part of the exhibit. The work was displayed February through April at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. It was inspired by the “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle” exhibit.

Grand Haven High School students volunteered and the school’s GOTAK ensemble performed throughout Wednesday night’s reception.

First-grader Cameron Arnold looked at the art with his mother, Rachel Prelesnik, and grandparents, Kathy and Rick Prelesnik. Arnold said he felt “very good” having his clay fish in the exhibit.

Fourth-grader Julianna Crump spoke about her onomatopoeia art piece, saying the word “whip” could be viewed as the dance or the object. She thought it would be unique.

Although this year is Crump’s second time in the show, it’s the first time she’s viewed it in person.

“I think it’s cool,” she said.

Arnold encourages community members to see the hard work students put into their pieces. The exhibit will be on display at the Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave., through May 21.

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