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Art going on display

By Xiomara Levsen | Mar 17, 2014
Pictured from left are: Lincoln Elementary students from left are Grace Schiebel, Bailey Rees, and Gracey Simmering. They had their pieces selected to be displayed in Des Moines at the State Historical Building. Not pictured are sixth-graders Hannah Anderson and Stephen Graham, and 10th-grader Hannah Purner, who also had their artwork selected for Youth Art Month.

Five students from the Washington Community School District had their artwork selected for display in Des Moines for Youth Art Month.
Third-graders Gracey Simmering and Bailey Rees, fourth-grader Grace Schiebel, sixth-graders Hannah Anderson and Stephen Graham, and 10th-grader Hannah Purner were the students who had their artwork selected.
Lincoln Elementary art teacher Jenny Humphreys said she selected 10 pieces to be sent in to the Art Educators of Iowa group.
“Teachers who are members of this group can send in 10 pieces,” Humphreys said. “Not all art teachers in the state are members of this group.”
The selection committee takes a look at these pieces and votes, Humphreys said. After the selections, the students’ artwork is displayed for the month of March in the State Historical Building in Des Moines.
When Bailey Rees found out, she said she couldn’t wait to tell her mom.
“I asked you [Humphreys] not to tell my mom so I could tell her myself,” Rees said.
Gracey Simmering said her mom was surprised when she told her.
“I told my mom and she said, ‘That’s so good,’ ” Simmering said.
Grace Schiebel said her mom was very excited.
“She told me, ‘Whoa, that’s awesome,’ ” Schiebel said.
The artwork the girls did for Youth Art Month was two-dimensional, Humphreys said.
Both Simmering and Rees drew landscapes for their pieces.
“I drew the ocean and sand,” Rees said.
“Didn’t you have a surfer and some birds, too?” Humphreys asked her.
“Yes,” Rees said.
“I drew a landscape with mountains and some trees,” Simmering said.
Schiebel had an abstract painting with paint splatters and Polka dots. She also had a poem written on hers.
Each student will have the artwork returned to them by the end of the year, Humphreys said.
“I also matted the girls pieces so they can take them home and display them,” Humphreys said.

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