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Student artwork exhibit opens at Red Wing Depot Gallery

Leonard Guggenberger makes sure a student's drawing is straight Friday morning. The student art show opened Friday at the Red Wing Arts Association Depot Gallery.1 / 3
Students printed their names on the bottom of African Adinkra symbol prints on display at the Depot Gallery.2 / 3
The student art show features watercolors, sculptures, drawings and other works by students from Red Wing, Goodhue, Lake City and Ellsworth schools.3 / 3

Artwork done by elementary school students usually gets displayed in the predictable places: the refrigerator door or the hallway at school.

This weekend, student artwork will get a more upscale showing - complete with frames and name plaques - when the Red Wing Art Association's annual student show opens Saturday evening.

"This is a way to bring attention to artists in our schools," RWAA Director Dan Guida said.

The exhibit will feature artwork from kindergartners through 12-graders from Red Wing, Ellsworth, Goodhue and Lake City. Red Wing High School graduate and Macalester College senior Spencer Raymond also will be displaying her show "A Contemplation" in an adjoining gallery.

"(Showing student work) is really something special that they do here in Red Wing," Red Wing elementary school art teacher Joyce Peterson said.

Twenty-nine students from Burnside and Sunnyside Elementary schools will have work in the show. Because space is limited in the gallery, Peterson said she has to choose which works will be on display. She said the works selected are those that are good representations of what the students have been taught in class.

"It usually ends up being kids who are interested in art and motivated," Peterson said.

This year, she chose works ranging from paper dinosaurs - created by Sunnyside second-graders - to prints of African Adinkra symbols - done by Sunnyside fourth-graders.

An opening reception where each student's name will be read will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday.

"To see their faces (and) the pride they have at having their artwork in a gallery ... is one of the most pleasant things about working here," Guida said. "It's as good as the art show itself."

If you go...

What:Student art show

When:Exhibit through April 24; opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. March 5

Where:Red Wing Arts Association Depot Gallery

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.