Gallery exhibits Westside greeting card art

For the month of May the Columbia Art Gallery is sponsoring a show of artwork done by Westside Elementary School students.

The art work is part of a project developed by the Westside PTO to earn money for the Artists In Residence Program. This is the third year for the project, which has been directed in 2002 and 2003 by parent and PTO member, Kennedy Burns.

The work is done in classes conducted by classroom teachers, as well as volunteers and Artists in Residence. It is indicative of the commitment the school has made to provide high quality art experiences to students, according to Westside principal Terri Vann.

“We have made it a goal to integrate art as much as possible into all aspects of the curriculum. The teachers have made a concerted effort to train themselves to do this in the evenings and summers,” Vann said.

The state of Oregon requires that students demonstrate competence in art before they graduate from high school. As is often the case, this requirement comes with little funding. Hood River Schools and citizens have been innovative in meeting the needs of students.

The children got inspiration for their art from field trips to see the petroglyphs along the Columbia, from books they have read and from the wide range of materials that were made available to them.

Cards are made on which the work of 36 children has been selected for reproduction. The cards are sold at numerous businesses in Hood River, as well as at West Side School and The Columbia Art Gallery.


This show is a culmination of a school year of shows at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, the Hood River Library, and Brookside Manor. There will be a celebration at the Columbia Art Gallery for parents and the artists as well as school personnel on May 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. The artists will then take their work home.

The exhibit is open to the public at the Columbia Art Gallery 207 2nd St. Hood River. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and noon to 5 on Monday.

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