Porterville Unified School District Art Show Coordinator Debbie Wilson, a fifth/sixth grade art teacher, said hundreds of people came to the PUSD Art Show last Saturday at Monache High School, and were astounded the amount and sheer virtuosity of the artwork displayed.
The scope and styles of hundreds of drawings, paintings, collages, sculpture and multi-media artwork from kindergarten up to high school offered something for everyone to enjoy.
“We are so thrilled that we can have so many students participate from all grade levels at our schools. St. Anne’s School is here as well, and thrilled to be in the show. It’s great to have kids and their families come here to enjoy their wonderful work,” said Nate Nelson, PUSD Superintendent. “They work hard and they can see what is possible to produce now, and when they get to have art in high school. I’m so proud of the staff that put this all together. We have individual grade level teachers as well as art teachers getting their students involved.”
Yaretzi Valdez, 11, a fifth grader from Los Robles, drew a orange flower in color pencil and marker and highlighted and shaded the flower convincingly. She said, “I really like art, and it’s not that difficult for me.”
Wilson and her colleague Vita Hernandez said Valdez was a sweet student and very quiet. She won Best in Show along with Edgar Juarez, a sixth grader who drew a building using colored pencil and pen.
So many students won Best in Show and First place ribbons for their grade levels that it was hard to pick out of all the outstanding artwork — a sentiment also expressed by art teachers Wilson and Hernandez.
“The art show is really impressive. The quality for the grade levels was beyond my expectations,” said parent Adam Rivera.
“You could spend a while looking at all of the artwork,” said his wife, Betsy. “I’ve been here over and hour looking at it all.”
Another parent, Vanessa McKenna, said, “All the art is very beautiful. I think people take art for granted sometimes. The schools have entered so much artwork, and I don’t know how the judges are able pick the first place winners.”
McKenna’s five-year-old daughter Sophie was a first place winner for her crayon drawing of Abraham Lincoln from kindergarten at West Putnam Elementary School.
They both said the art show was a great way to show all the talent in the Porterville school district and the community. There were over 600 visitors to view the artwork Saturday.
“Just getting your artwork in the show is a big achievement. We appreciate all the community support and enthusiasm for the students’ talent,” said Wilson.