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WHS students pose with their original art, which will be displayed at the Annual Area Student Art Show opening Friday at the Nobles County Art Center. Erin Trester/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — Ceramics, mosaics and paintings, oh my!

Area students will once again display their art throughout March at the annual Area Student Art Show, which kicks off the celebration of youth arts month, celebrated nationally.

The show’s opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Nobles County Arts Center, 407 12th St., Worthington.

Student artwork from Worthington’s middle and high schools as well as the Area Learning Center will be displayed. Students of other area schools have also been invited to participate in the show.

“The show has been going on as long as I’ve been here, and I’ve been in the district for 25 years,” said Gail Holinka, WHS art instructor.

Holinka explained that this is an opportunity for students to showcase their work to family, friends and the community.

“We have students who have taken every art class offered and have been participating in this show for all four years — to see their work all put together and hung up on the wall, it’s truly amazing,” she said. “Whether students have participated all four years or not, we have some amazing talent to showcase.”

Dana Sihavong, a WHS senior, is participating in the art show for the first time.

“I’m excited to show people my art. My favorite is mosaic, I can just better express myself that way,” Sihavong said. “I will be displaying a mosaic mirror that I created.”

District 518 offers students a wide range of beginning and advanced art classes in areas including ceramic, painting, drawing, sculpture, stained glass, mosaics and digital photography.

Jasmine Vangsavanh, a senior at WHS and voted “Most Artistic,” will participate in her fourth and final art show.

“I’m pretty bummed because I love art, and I love doing this every year,” she said. “For the art show, I and another student created a mosaic table that, when the show is done, will be donated to the library.”

James Van Horn, art instructor at the Area Learning Center, described a project that his students will display at the show.

“I’m really excited. My students at the Area Learning Center have each individually created a drawing that, when put together with all the others, will create a 20-foot drawing,” he said. “None of them know what the overall picture will create, but it is fun to see them hold up their drawing with someone else’s to try and figure it out; I think this will be very cool for people to come out and see.”

Van Horn added, “Even though this is fun, students also learn about value, form, shape and texture. I incorporated college level art projects with my students here.”

As projects are completed through the year, Holinka said students complete self, peer and group evaluations on finished pieces and use those discussions to collect pieces for the art show.

“I think by doing this it teaches students even more about analyzing their own work as well as others,” she explained.

Holinka also emphasizes to her students that both art and what they learn in class can be taken with them wherever they go.

“I always say it doesn’t matter what field you go into, they can take the skills they learn here and go into any field because every career needs creative thinkers,” she explained. “Even when they leave the school and move to other communities, art can be taken with them. The arts help communities thrive in a way others can’t.”

The Nobles County Art Center is open from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The student art show will be on display until the end of the month.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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