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Art show will showcase work of area students

Students put a lot of effort into their artwork. Granted, many of them are doing it for a grade. But that doesn't mean they don't want the chance to show off their hard work.

The Rosemount Area Arts Council and several area schools have partnered to give students that opportunity. The first Area Student Art Show will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. May 2 at the Rosemount Steeple Center.

The show will feature various visual art media including graphic communications, painting, studio art, print production and more.

Dakota County Area Learning School teacher Trina Walter said through the event they hope to provide students the opportunity to show off their talents while promoting area programs.

More than 30 students will display their work as part of evening event. Walter said many of those will be students from the Dakota County Area Learning School.

The school, part of Intermediate School District 917, focuses on career and technical education. Located at Dakota County Technical College, it draws students from across Dakota County.

"We're the best kept secret in Dakota County," said Walter.

The art show will showcase work from Rosemount High School students in the digital and media arts classes and studio and fine art students.

Students in the visual communications program at Dakota County Technical College will also participate.

Excited for the event, Walter said the show will showcase to the public what kids in the area are doing. Walter said she thinks folks will be impressed.

She also hopes the event will bring some awareness of the Dakota County Area Learning School. Students in the DCALS food industry program will also provide refreshments.

"Come see what these kids are doing," said Walter.

Going forward, Walter said she hopes they can expand the event to include more schools. For now, though, she's happy with how things are coming together for the first show.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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