Artists AJ Baker and Bennett McCullough, stand by their oil pastels on colored paper

Saturday, March 10 found Bush Barn art gallery bustling with excited students, their families, teachers, and members of Salem Art Association.  The walls of the second story gallery were filled with art created by students from Salem-Keizer Public Schools and other area schools.  Color and energy flowed into the room.  Students from early grades through senior high crowded to proudly show their work to parents and friends.  Even the support beams were used to display long slender works of art done by fourth graders and inspired by the works of Matisse. 

The largest piece of student art displayed is a large mural done by fourth graders at Salem Heights Elementary.  It is titled “Monster Cakes” and features fantastical cakes by many different students!  The art instruction leading to this mural was given by volunteer parent, Laura Mack.  Ms. Mack is an instructor of art at Chemeketa Community College, and she gives generously of her time and contagious enthusiasm to offer art in elementary classrooms.

This annual Young Artists Showcase is now in its ninth year.  The student art will be hanging at Bush Barn through April 21.  Sponsors include MAPS Credit Union, Salem Sunrise Rotary, and the Epping Family Foundation.