Local students’ art showcased at March show

Story submitted by Harriet Rice

Outstanding artwork by students from five area high schools will be exhibited March 9-10 at Tesora/Northwoods Crossing Event Center.  The show, sponsored by the Burnett Area Arts Group (BAAG)  celebrates National Youth Art Month.

“This new event provides community members an opportunity to appreciate the talents of outstanding high school art students,” said Thom Scott, BAAG chair and event organizer. “It’s the first of its kind in this area.” Members of BAAG will set up and arrange the show

The participating schools are Webster, Siren, Luck, Grantsburg and Frederic. Each school’s art teacher will select up to 12 students in grades 9-12 to show two pieces of art. “This may vary if some schools have fewer participants,” explained Scott.

He went on to comment on the importance of the arts in education. “Art is a lifelong skill that is enjoyed not only as a profession, but also as a hobby and entertainment. It’s important that we include the arts in our school curriculum as a key component of a well-rounded education.”

The hours of the show are 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.  At 6 p.m. On Friday, there will be a recognition ceremony. “We greatly appreciate the support of, and partnership with, Tesora owner Jake Mangelson,” said Scott.

Funding to support this program is from a grant awarded by Polk Burnett Electrical Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up.

The Event Center is located at the crossroads of state highways 35 and 70 in Siren. The Outstanding Art Student Show is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, call 715.349.2807.