The 57th annual Saline Spring Arts Festival opened on May 11 with students who came to proudly show off their talents to family and friends.
It was a fun and exciting evening with raffle drawings and a unique game of ‘I spy’ looking for specific art pieces, ceramic bowls for sale for a donation, coloring pages providing family fun and cookies to munch on.
Beautiful works of art in many mediums were displayed and organized for easy viewing. Carefully studying the exhibits was Saline Area Schools Superintendent, Scot Graden, who said, “This event is a celebration of a year’s worth of work by students and staff.”
As he walked the room with clipboard in hand, he explained he was looking for pieces to purchase and place in buildings throughout the district provided he said, “they are willing to sell.”
Graden pointed out that the art displayed was made by students ranging from young fives through twelfth grade.
The littlest artists’ brightly-colored and shiny glazed clay worms were housed in a box on a table. Kindergarten artist from Harvard Elementary, Jocelyn Mason, made a flower out of coffee filters and said after she colored it with markers, her teacher sprayed it with water and, “turned it into tie dye.”
Older students that took AP art classes stood proudly next to panels that held a variety of their creations. Senior Robby Borer explained his vivid-colored drawings carried a theme and were done in a ‘comic book style’ featuring a superhero. The series of paintings done with acrylics portrayed the different aspects of the hero’s life through a dream. The paintings illustrated his subconscious thoughts. Borer will continue his art education at the University of Michigan attending the university’s’ Stamps School of Art Design come September.
Senior Cole Hildebrant also an AP art student explained his panel of creative art. He said he likes watercolors best but did a few with graphite and charcoal. Hildebrant said he had just prepared a portfolio of his work to send to a college board organization. If his work is chosen, he can receive college credit for his drawings and paintings.
Hildebrant said he really enjoyed his classes at Saline and intends to continue his art at Chapman University in California. He will specialize there in digital art and animation.
In response to a food assignment, junior Lauren Kruse made a plate of pretzels from Wheatstone clay and then instead of firing, she painted them. Why pretzels? She said, “My inspiration came from Benny’s Bakery, where I work selling pretzels.”
She made a small container she painted bright yellow to represent mustard rounding out her creation.
Kruse said she likes art class and enjoys the challenges, but she will continue creating only as a hobby. She said she finds it relaxing, and, “it de-stresses me.”
Fifth-grader Paul Goldhardt wants to be a carpenter when he grows up not an artist even though he likes art class, “quite a bit.” But, that didn’t stop him from being proud of the superhero self-portrait he made in art class.
A general consensus from these talented students was that creating and expressing themselves no matter the medium was relaxing and to the more serious students rewarding.
Graden said, “I’m pleased that the community came to see our students’ work.”