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District 191 Children’s Art Show will take place at Ames gallery

A Children’s Art Show, featuring work from elementary students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, will take place from March 9 to April 25, in the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. The exhibit will be closed March 30-31 and April 7.

The free opening reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.

The exhibit will feature over 100 selected pieces of artwork by students in kindergarten through grade 6 at all 10 elementary schools in District 191. There will be drawings, paintings and a variety of three-dimensional works.

“Viewing, critiquing, processing, and creating art is essential to building critical thinking skills”, said Sara Merkel, art teacher at Edward Neill Elementary School and organizer of the event. "It is exciting as a 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 Elizabeth Weilandgruber (William Byrne), Lynn Pauly (Hidden Valley), Roely Lawrence (Harriet Bishop), Kelly Knott (Marion W. Savage), Jill Derouin (Sioux Trail), Kathryn Petri (Rahn), Mara Schriver (Gideon Pond), Kelly Rae Vo (Vista View), and Jennifer Cooper (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.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 12:07