Student art enlivens walls of city library

Seven works are chosen for Englewood Schools’ collection

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During the annual Englewood Student Art Show, student-created artworks in a variety of sizes, shapes, and mediums occupy almost every inch of available space the Englewood Public Library.

The library is on the first floor of the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Parkway.

Several hundred works created by Englewood student artists went on display March 24 a show that ended April 13.

Throughout the library, paintings and drawings hung on the walls, overhead on wires and in display cases, and the tops of many of bookshelves become galleries for sculptures and other types of artworks. Because there were so many items in the show, the works were arranged by school so it would be easier for the artists and their parents to locate and view the students’ work.

A reception for the artists was held April 5. A couple hundred parents and their children attended the special occasion, which included Englewood Public Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin’s announcement of which artworks would become part of the district’s art collection.

“I started this program because I think it is important to celebrate art and because I wanted to create a permanent art collection for our district,” she said. “If we want a student’s art to be a part of the collection, I feel we owe them a little something in return. I feel it is wonderful way to build our district art collection and to honor our student artists and our art teachers.”

She said all the art in the show was wonderful and it was very hard to select one artwork from each school to become part of the district art collection.

This year, Rubin selected the artworks of Bishop first-grader Jovani Munoz, Cherrelyn second-grader Nicholas Campbell, Clayton second-grader Thomas Watts, Hay sixth-grader Keneysha Soto-Pellot, middle school seventh-grader Riana DeNorch, Englewood High School junior C.R. Foerstner and Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice sophomore Winter Lee-Link.

Earlier in the reception, Sonya Lopez and her parents located her artwork on one of the library walls displaying works of high-school artists.

“This is a portrait of my niece. I worked from a picture I have of her,” the Englewood High School sophomore said. “I love art because it gives you freedom to express yourself. It is one of my favorite things to do. My favorite medium is painting with acrylics.”

Across the library, Sage Logan, a fifth-grader at Clayton Elementary School, talked about her picture displayed in the area devoted to the art of elementary school students.

“I love art, whether I am working on something at school or at home,” she said. “Art interests me and my favorite thing to draw is people, but I like sketching whatever comes to mind.”

She said her work in the show was an art class project. She said the picture was done in stages and she liked how it came out, so she probably wouldn’t make changes even if offered the opportunity.

There were a number of sculptures created by students, including the one by Desire’ Jackson.

“My favorite thing to do is yoga but I like art a lot too. I like art because I like seeing a simple circle turn into a dream catcher or a face,” she said. “I like all kinds of art and I am pretty good at different kinds of art, like drawing and painting. If you asked me to I know I could do a sculpture too. I guess my favorite medium for art is acrylics because is easy to work with and I like pencil because I have a lot more freedom not to mess up.”

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