A Children’s Art Show, featuring work from elementary students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, will take place from March 7 to April 23 (closed March 15, and April 4-5), in the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville.
The free opening reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday March 8.
The exhibit will feature over 100 selected pieces of artwork by students in kindergarten through grade 5 at all 10 elementary schools in District 191. There will be drawings, paintings and a variety of three-dimensional works.
“Viewing, critiquing, and creating art is essential to building critical thinking skills and developing the whole child”, said Sara Merkel, art teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary School and organizer of the event. "It is exciting as an art teacher to see how our students grow artistically through the year. We see an expansion in their ideas and thinking processes, and this is their chance to show this to their families and community members. We can all be very proud of their artistic accomplishments.”
In addition to Merkel, elementary art teachers are Andrew Strano (William Byrne, Rahn), Kathryn Petri (Harriet Bishop), Kelly Knott (Marion W. Savage, Edward Neill), Jill Derouin (Sioux Trail, Rahn), Mara Schriver (Gideon Pond, Edward Neill), Kelly Rae Vo (Vista View, Marion W. Savage, and Gideon Pond), and Andrea Greamba (Sky Oaks).
The Ames gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. There is no charge to view the exhibit.