Roses are red, but not always

Student Art Show at Washington Hall Gallery

By Esmee Halsted

The Gilpin County School Art Department recently hosted a student art show at the Washington Hall Gallery in Central City. Titled “Roses Are Red, But Not Always,” the installation project was the brainchild of visiting artist Joleen Sheldon. The exhibit featured homemade clay roses by elementary and middle school art students. In honor ofValentine’s Day, the exhibit opened on February 15th with a reception from 1:00-3:00 pm. The students worked on the projects starting in January. Mr. Halsted and artist Joleen showed them how to create their masterpieces. “Collaboration was the key to making this assignment successful. Joleen brought her special artistic skills to the process. Students rolled out thin slabs and pressed out various size discs. They were then overlapped and rolled to create individual clay roses. “Middle school students added sepal, stems and leaves to create a frieze,” explained Mr. Halsted.

Once the pieces were finished, they were taken to the gallery and set up in time for the exhibit. Parents, students, and strangers all came to see the show. Expecting to see bright red flowers everywhere, guests were pleasantly surprised to find roses of all different colors scattered around. It was a needed break from the typical ambiance of Valentine’s Day, and plenty of tasty food was provided to share. Hopefully, the “Roses Are Red, But Not Always” will become an annual holiday event. Recognizing students and their beautiful art is a great way to celebrate love and appreciation. There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Even better the display will be up till May 1st, so go and appreciate the young artists of Gilpin County.

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