More than 120 pieces of artwork from students in kindergarten through grade 12 were on display during the 2013 Herkimer County Youth Art Month Show opening gala on Friday evening at Bassett Healthcare Herkimer.
“The art show which celebrates Youth Art Month is in its fourth year and we’re really happy Bassett Healthcare has continued to support the show with its space and staff,” said Donnalynn Shuster, an art teacher in the Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District.
Shuster is also chairman of Herkimer County Art Circles, a professional development group of art educators from area schools and the sponsor of the exhibition.
She added earlier this year the New York State Art Teachers’ Association gave Bassett Healthcare an award for their outstanding generosity.
The art show helps people to realize the importance of visual art education, said Shuster. “It really highlights the importance of the arts and brings it to a place where everyone in the community can see the students’ art,” she said.
“The art show is wonderful event that showcases the students’ artwork to the community,” said Herkimer Junior-Senior High School art teacher Leah Miller.
Out of 11 districts each school could submit up to 12 pieces of artwork.
“It’s pretty cool I was picked to be in the art show. I’ve seen a lot of the artwork here that’s really good, so it feels pretty good to have my artwork in the show,” said Herkimer Elementary School student Matthew Gallagher.
The fifth-grader said he made a Native American sand painting with glitter.
Danielle Seamon, a second-grader at Richfield Springs, said her artwork featured a pumpkin. “I’m really excited to see my drawing up on the wall,” she said.
Richfield Springs junior Brittany Weller’s artwork featured designs created by a shader and pencil. “It’s really good to have been accepted into the art show. I really like art and I would like to do tattooing or something else that involves art in the future,” she said.
Participating school districts include Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Herkimer, Ilion, Little Falls, Mount Markham, Mohawk, Owen D. Young, Poland, Richfield Springs and West Canada Valley.
The show will be on view daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bassett Healthcare Herkimer through March 31.