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Young Artists Shine In Showcase
Artwork covered nearly every square inch of space in Escalon High School's old gym, pieces contributed from all grade levels for the annual showcase, Arts Alive, staged at Escalon High from March 3 through 7.

There were paintings, sculpture, improvisational drama and comedy, pencil sketches and more than you could possibly take in during one visit. Student volunteers from the middle and high schools helped elementary students participate in a variety of art projects while teachers served as tour guides, taking their students through the gym to see the variety of artwork displayed.

Eighth grader Kristen Mortimer of El Portal was working at the 'roller art' table, placing a large metal ball in to different colors of paint, used by students to create new masterpieces by rolling the ball around in a pan, spreading swirls of color on white paper.

"I like being messy with paints," Mortimer admitted with a smile, her fingers a virtual rainbow as she helped the elementary students with their work. "They're so cute and good, they really are."

Paulina Hernandez, 7, a second grader at Farmington Elementary, busied herself with contributing to the perpetual sculpture, picking just the right pieces of colored Styrofoam to add to the free flowing form.

"It seems to be going great," noted El Portal art teacher Jewell Kelley. "The kids seem to be enjoying themselves."

Face painting, spin art, ink stamping and the roller art and sculpture were among the stations that the young students could visit while touring the show, taking many new projects home with them. They also had the chance to find either their classroom or individual piece of artwork to admire in the show.

Mrs. Dutra's kindergarten class at Farmington made a 'California quilt,' piecing together pictures depicting a map of California with various state symbols.

The theme for this year's show was California and artwork submitted ranged from a sculpture of the Hollywood hills to pieces saluting the Central Valley's landmarks, art about the ocean to drawings of major league baseball parks.