The Salem Student Art Show was held at the Salem Public Library on Sunday, May 19th, and displayed all different kinds of work from elementary students from each of Salem’s four schools. More than 100 different pieces of art were showcased for students, parents, and anyone for matter to come check out.
Salem City School’s Gifted Coordinator Hunter Routt says this yearly event has become something the students really look forward to.
“Each child that has art in the show receives a personal invite”, she said. “The art teachers gather the strongest art from the entire school year. It’s great when the kids get an invite because it has their name on it and shows something they did”, she said.
The student’s opportunity to bring their parents out is something that is no doubt one of the best parts. But even before that, most of the children enjoy just showing their creativity even before anyone gets to see it.
“The best part is getting to make it fancy and use glitter and stuff,” said Elliana Vidal, 2nd grader at East Salem Elementary.
“I like getting to use all kinds of different colors,” said Caleb Parr, from Mr.Hodges Kindergarten class at Salem South Elementary.
Sarah Meadows is the Art Teacher at both East and South Salem Elementary. She says the annual tradition has become something the students work toward since the beginning of school in the fall.
“We use our projects from all through the school year. You may see pumpkins they did from Halloween. The kids get so excited for this event, they really use it as their moment to shine”, she said.
2013 is the sixth year such an event was held at the Salem Public Library. Routt said the event continues to grow, and the numbers would agree. This year’s art show was the largest turnout of any to date, and a 36 percent increase from the figures they had from last year. In addition, the event also brings in more people to the library as well, something Routt is proud of.
“Last year on the day of the show, it was their busiest traffic day of the year,” she said, proving that the popularity is continuing to rise.
After the show, Routt calculated that over half of the students who had art displayed were in attendance to see it, all with at least one adult of course, and many bringing multiple family members with them.
You can view photos from the reception in the slideshow above, or click through them individually here.
– Photos and story by Chad Parries