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Young Artists Display Work, Enjoy Crafts
Youngsters from Collegeville put their faces through the cutouts and pose for a photo during the annual Arts Alive student showcase at Escalon High School.Times Photos By Marg Jackson
Brightly painted, creatively decorated book ends were on display, done by Escalon Unified School District students.
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Pictures and scribbles on Post It notes were arranged in a colorful display in the old gym

The annual Arts Alive event for the Escalon Unified School District was hosted from March 18 through 22. Artwork from every grade level, and every campus, was featured in the show and residents from the community had a chance to view the work during a March 20 Open House.

Throughout the week, there were visits from all the elementary schools as well as students from El Portal Middle School, coming in to view the art and, for the younger students, to take part in a variety of craft and art projects.

“Theme for this year was Art Around the World,” said high school art teacher Jewell Kelley, who also serves as main coordinator for the show. “Each school had a different continent.”

Among them were Africa, Australia, Antarctica and more, with art often connected to the continent, such as some drawings of European castles, the creation of nature Mandalas and projects focusing on African elephants.

Kelley said the Open House went very well, with a lot of community members coming in to enjoy the show. She also noted that one student said he was excited to be old enough now to work at the spin art table, helping younger students enjoy the craft that was his favorite to do when he was in grade school.