As many as 700 students, siblings, parents and grandparents spent the evening of April 25 at Morgan Elementary School celebrating student artwork and enjoying the art of experienced artists.
Over 1,500 pieces of student art were displayed throughout the school, making this a memorable evening for the art pupils.
First through fourth grade students have been working with Mrs. Bambrough with a variety of medium including chalk, paint and presses. They have been saving them in their own portfolio since the beginning of the year. The students in first and second grade chose their two favorite art pieces while the third and fourth grade students chose their three favorites to pieces to display.
Students who provided a media release had their names proudly displayed with what type of medium they had used. While it took a lot of work to do this for the incredible number of art entries, Bambrough felt it was very worthwhile. She wanted students to feel that “their work was important enough that someone took the time to display it properly.
“It was about the kids, but we wanted a community event,” Bambrough explained about the magnitude of the event. “I really wanted a variety of things.”
This event did indeed have a variety of experiences for everyone in the community that joined in that evening.
The evening began with clogging from Morgan Academy of Dance students. Seven groups, as well as a duet group, showed off their fast feet in a fabulous showing of movement art. These elementary students with bright smiles are preparing for competition in May.
Eleven different guest artists shared their talents with the interested crowd. The artist’s talents varied from local art teacher John Pincock throwing pots in the gym with his mastered technique to Amy Everhart and her renowned ability with paint, creating a work of art before everyone’s eyes.
Rob Colvin, who has honed his skill for his entire life, painted his favorite outdoor scenes. His inspiration comes from going outside and painting. But for times like this, he has a sketchbook ready of scenes he has sketched in the great outdoors, most recently Moab. He can take his sketches and turn them into a painting with extraordinary detail.
Next to this lifelong painter stood high school student Hailey Hopkin with her easel. She worked all evening on a scuba diving painting. This young artist has already proved herself with years of impressive work. “I usually like to paint whatever I like at the time,” Hopkin said of what inspired her painting.
John Pincock’s third grade son Spencer volunteered his dad when the topic of the art show came up, as did Ridge Skidmore. Bambrough was familiar with Pincock’s talent and thought he would be a perfect fit for the show. He held crowds captivated as he created masterful clay pieces.
On the other hand Bambrough had no experience with Skidmore’s work. After persistence from his second grade son, Bambrough took a look into the proclaimed artist. She was thrilled with what she found. After seeing some of Skidmore’s art, she readily agreed with Ridge that his dad should be in the art show. Skidmore coaches the high school softball team who played Juan Diego the night of the show, but he worked it out to be there for the team and for much of the art show, presenting his classic wildlife paintings.
Ann Marie Oborn has been a favorite artist of Bambrough’s with her talented work and ability to paint in a show. “I had seen her live show and knew it was good, so I called her up,” Bambrough explained. Oborn’s model for the evening was also a favorite of Bambrough’s—her daughter!
Daniel Fairbanks presented “Bringing Ancient People Back to Life” in the gymnasium. He mixed art and history as he spoke of artistic facial structure and historical facts of ancient people. This incredible presenter came to the school through a grant Bambrough became aware of last minute. Around 9 p.m. one evening, she found out about a grant the school could apply for, but realized the deadline was at 11 p.m. She called Principal Tim Wolff to tell him about it and ask if he would sign off on it. He readily agreed to support her, waited for her to write up the proposal and signed it for her in time for the late deadline. Bambrough has been thrilled with his support of the arts.
“Treasure Chest of Rare Books” brought a trove of historic books. This exotic display included: a Chinese book made of jade; an animal skin copy of the Gospels; and facsimiles of writings from thousands of years ago. This extensive collection went back 3,000 years and continued covering history all the way to a Kindle. Initially the school was told visitors would not be able to touch anything; however with special care and handling, the children were able to hold select items.
Definitely drawing crowds, Ginny Tilby had a continuous line for her caricatures. Tilby is already well known in the school for her book “You Should, You Should.” She signed copies for excited children throughout the evening.
One of the most exciting events was when Sally Rydalch brought out her life size printmaking. The group helped ink a life sized handmade carving. Then she covered it and children and adults walked on it over and over. At the end of the evening they unveiled the finished piece, which will be hung in the library when it is dry. This print turned out wonderfully; however, it is lighter than others Rydalch has completed because she typically uses a car to press it instead of people.
The evening ended with musical performances by the studentbody.
“The energy of the kids was contagious,” Mickaela Moser, Morgan Elementary music teacher, said of her students. Each grade performed two musical pieces. The fourth grade played the recorder and the other grades sang a variety of songs as parents, grandparents, siblings and friends crowded the packed cafeteria to hear the enthusiastic children sing.
The students did an excellent job on their art and should be commended for all of their hard work. It was a remarkable evening.