Rare is the occasion in which children get to hang their works of art in a gallery. But that's exactly what will happen this week at the Depot Art Center.
Artwork from preschoolers to college students, faculty and staff will be on display at the Depot from Thursday through April 16.
The opening reception for the Routt County Youth and Colorado Mountain College show is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Beth Banning, the visual arts director for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, said the show emphasizes the importance of keeping art in education. It also is a popular event because proud parents get to see their children's work on display.
All forms of art will be represented, from finger painting to sculpture, pottery, photos and drawings.
Preschoolers typically do group projects of large mixed media.
North Routt Community Charter School students made a tile mosaic of an eagle in flight. Each student decorated his or her own tile.
The exhibit also will showcase the work of CMC art students and faculty in the Depot's front gallery and small works gallery. Art from Routt County preschools, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools will be displayed in the Depot's baggage room.
Live music will be provided by eight to 10 solo performances by children who are part of the Youth Orchestra Ensemble Group.
The exhibit is a unique opportunity to witness the talent of some of Routt County's youngest residents. Having an outlet for creative expression can help children develop their own artistic identities and can be an integral part of the learning experience.
"I hope that our community continues to support art in our curriculum in the schools from the very beginning," Banning said.
¤ Opening reception for the Routt County Youth and CMC Art Show
¤ 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday
¤ Depot Art Center, 1003 13th St.