On Tuesday, Youth Arts Month drew to a close. Again this year, The Daily Mining Gazette was privileged to highlight the work of several young artists on our Local & Region page throughout the month. The works presented, like the much larger exhibition displayed at the Copper Country Community Art Center, represented students from kindergarten through grade 12, from schools throughout the four-county region.
The works were in a variety of media with subject matter ranging from self-portraits to abstract.
As in years past, the quality of art we were fortunate enough to display was of the highest quality. Whether it was a watercolor of a butterfly with hearts on her wings as depicted by CLK kindergartner Claire Rhodes, the stunning lined face drawings of L'Anse High School's Sean Lincoln and Alycia Seratti or the amazing portraits by L'Anse senior Sascha Hirzel and Hancock sophomore Dylan Peterson; each and every piece was testimony to the incredible talents of our local students.
But there was more. Not only were young people's talents on display, but also the dedication of a small, but talented cadre of local art instructors.
In this era of tightening budgets, a school's art department is often one of area's targeted for trimming, forcing teachers to come up with creative ways in which to teach. The work we have displayed in our pages over the past month surely is evidence of their talents.
Finally, kudos to the CCCAC's Bonnie Loukus for her tireless efforts not only hanging the show in the CCCAC's galleries but for hand-picking works for our use at The Daily Mining Gazette that were a fine representation.
We cannot recommend strongly enough that residents take advantage of the treasure that is our local community art center, not only during Youth Arts Month, but also all year long.