Student art on display at Englewood Library

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A lot of color covers the walls and tops of bookshelves at the Englewood Public Library, as several hundred works created by young Englewood artists are on display for the annual Student Art Show.

The art show opened April 4, and the artworks will be on display through April 30. The show is free and open to the public.

Seven-year-old artist Cassidy Castaneda was joined by family members, including her great-grandmother, for the opening-day reception.

“This was fun to make,” the girl said about her artwork depicting an elephant. “I have never seen an elephant, so we used what the teacher showed us. I liked that we got to wrinkle the paper, because an elephant’s skin is wrinkled.”

She said the only change she would make to the artwork would be to make one of the the elephant’s legs bigger. But she said it is OK as it is, because not all animals are born the same.

Preparations for the event began in earnest a few days before the April 4 opening, when Englewood School District art teachers and parent volunteers begin putting up the creations of Englewood students ranging from kindergartners through 12th-graders. The works include paintings, drawings, sculptures and other media.

Generally, the works are put up by school to make it easier for the artists and their parents to find the specific works in the show.

There are hundreds of pieces. Artworks cover most available walls, the tops of the bookshelves and the display cases, and some hang from the ceiling.

Miranda McDowell searched until she found the sculpture of a girl she created.

“I like art and I like creating pottery,” the Englewood High School senior said. “I like art because it is a way to express myself by being creative.”

She also likes to draw, and she tries to draw anything that catches her attention.

“I like to draw with pencil because, if you make a mistake, you can erase it,” she said with a smile.

Ellen Tieberg is a regular library user who has seen the art show in years past, but this is the first time she has come to the show with one of the artists.

“I have seen the art for several years when I have come to the library and I have always been amazed by the quality of the art the students create,” she said. “This year is special because my son Christian is a kindergartner at Charles Hay World School and we came to see his artwork.”

She said her son likes to draw and will do so on about anything, including using a marker to draw on the wall, an issue that is under discussion.

This is the last year that retiring Englewood High School teacher Sheila Olson will take part in the show.

“We got the district art show started about 1990,” the art teacher said. “The first two years, it was at the high school, and then we moved it to the library so more people could enjoy the art.”

She said there is a lot more diversity in the art show now than during the early years. Also, there are a lot of kids doing art now.

“There are a lot of kids who are visual learners and I like to see them take up art as their voices, providing a variety of ways to express themselves,” she said.

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