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Elementary students get a chance to showcase their artwork

RES art teacher Nancy Alexander poses with a student who is proud of her artwork that's being displayed in the Robert Trail Library. Each of the four elementary school will display art work at the library in the coming months.1 / 3
More than 300 people attended the Rosemount Elementary School Artist Reception at the Robert Trail Library Sunday.2 / 3
Students and parents, alike, were excited to see all the artwork along the walls at the libary.3 / 3

Ever since new art display equipment went up in the Robert Trail Library, the Rosemount Area Arts Council has hoped to hold a student exhibit. That hope was realized Sunday during an artist open house for Rosemount Elementary School.

“We had a packed house,” said RAAC member John Loch. More than 300 people attended the artist reception for the RES students.

RES art teacher Nancy Alexander said her students were excited to have the opportunity to display their work at the library. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade have art exhibited along the walls of the library. 

"The kids were so pumped," said Alexander.

Each school will have a month to display about 30 pieces of student artwork. Loch said the partnership with the elementary schools has created a great opportunity to show off the talents of budding artists. Loch said the art teachers should receive a lot of credit for their efforts in putting the exhibits together.

“This is such a great opportunity. Displaying your art … it’s what art is all about,” said Diamond Path art teacher Mark Rode.

Rode said judging from Sunday’s large gathering that it’s clear that the having a chance to exhibit their art was meaningful to the students and their parents. Rode said he’s excited to show off the hard work of his own students. Diamond Path students will show their work in May.

Each of the four elementary schools that feed Rosemount High School will display student art at the library over the next several months. First up is Rosemount Elementary School. Red Pine will exhibit in March. An artist reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. March 2. Shannon Park students will have their show in April with their opening reception April 6. Diamond Path will conclude the series. An artist reception will be held May 4.

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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