by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Public Library in January will play host to 40 student artworks selected by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) for the 2010-11 IAEA Student Show—a traveling showcase displaying the finest examples of artwork from Illinois students, grades K-12.
Betse Hauser and Sydney Stacy of John Stewart Elementary, Keely Noel of John Shields Elementary and Brandon Abordo of McDole Elementary are local students whose artwork will be featured in the exhibit.
“Last year, (the Sugar Grove Library) was approached about being the host location for the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, and that began a relationship (between the library) and the art teachers in the School District,” said Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes. “We began to have more earnest conversations about how we could participate with one another and bring art to the community.”
The library is working with the Kaneland School District and John Shields Art Specialist Erin Livermore to bring the IAEA Student Show to the Sugar Grove community, and an artist recognition event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Sugar Grove Library. There will also be a recognition at 7 p.m. for the Kaneland area students whose artwork is featured in the exhibit.
“I think it’s wonderful that there is art featured from students throughout the state, and the students from our School District have the chance to come with their families and see the artwork,” Hughes said.
Hughes said the Sugar Grove Library is an ideal location to house and showcase an art exhibit.
“Our building was built with display areas in mind, and also to encourage art teachers and art students to show their work on our walls,” she said. “It gives the people who visit the library something to visually experience, and it changes throughout the time we have different shows in place. And the moment of pride a student feels from seeing their artwork up on the wall is pretty spectacular.”
After its stay at the library, the IAEA Student Show will move on to Marmion Academy’s Dr. Scholl Gallery in February, Mattoon Middle School in March, Elgin’s Westminster Christian School in April and then Skokie’s Niles West High School in May.
“I’m looking forward to the show, and I hope certainly that people in our community will take advantage of this opportunity and encourage us to bring more (events) to the community,” Hughes said.
A group of Kaneland elementary students will have their artwork included in an art show that will travel around the state in 2011.
Kaneland’s student-artists are:
• Betse Hauser,
John Stewart Elementary
• Sydney Stacy,
John Stewart Elementary
• Keely Noel,
John Shields Elementary
• Brandon Abordo,