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Showcasing talent

Art show features art under the big top

May 9, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

This year's Estherville Lincoln Central art show held Wednesday featured a number of large-scale murals in a circus theme done for the post prom party a couple weeks ago.

Taking part in the "Biggest Art Show on Earth" were art students Cayli Newton, Hannah Newton, Alvarez, Daena Morales, Yesenia Garcia, Savannah Amdahl and art instructor Dan Hewitt.

One of the artworks - and obviously the hardest to miss - was a 22-by-8 mural of acrobats flying through the air with the greatest of ease.

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Anessa Alvarez stands before a 22-by-8 mural painted by Estherville Lincoln Central art students for the post prom party. Taking part in the project were Cayli Newton, Hannah Newton, Alvarez, Daena Morales, Yesenia Garcia, Savannah Amdahl and art instructor Dan Hewitt.
Photo by Michael Tidemann

Hewitt said it's something students do every year for the post prom which generally asks the art department to come up with art following some theme. This year, art students came up with six large and three smaller pieces, a circus-themed board with cutouts for faces and a fortune teller booth.

The biggest challenge for the project, said Hewitt, is getting time to do the work - which he figured took 100 hours outside of school over a four-week period. The artwork will find another venue at the Estherville Hy-Vee.

In addition to the larger-than-life murals, a total of 95-100 artists exhibited at this year's art show, a culmination from the work students have done this school year. Hewitt figures each student averages three to four pieces in the show.

Jordan Phillips showed some unique pottery she had made. Phillips enjoys using the potter's wheel and experimenting with shapes. She often finds designs on the Internet then tries to re-create them.

Community members pick three Best of Show winners, plus there are the Administrators' Choice, Faculty Choice and Elementary Choice awards.

Fifteen pieces not on exhibit were actually in a show at Arts on Grand in Spencer with Kevin Dong getting an honorary mention for his tempura paint piece and Adrianna Garber also getting honorary mention for her batik.

Hewitt said most of his students who go on to major in art in college go into graphic design.

One student, Taylar Jacobson, is a graphic artist for the Minnesota Vikings.



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