Red Rock Center in Fairmont hosts student art show

FAIRMONT — The 11th annual High School Student Art Show is on display at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont.

Thirty-seven pieces of art are featured from students attending Blue Earth Area, Fairmont Area, Granada-Huntley-East Chain and North Union schools. The show continues through May 1.

Red Rock director Sonja Fortune said the schools that have participated in the past few years have changed but the four involved this year have been consistent in submitting pieces.

“We divide out categories based on what comes in the doors because every school does things differently,” Fortune explained.

Categories are oil and acrylic; pencil and graphite; ink; chalk, colored pencil, print and watercolors; clay and sculpture; mixed media and collage; photo and digital.

Some teachers give students the option of whether to submit something to the show. Other teachers select students. Fairmont High School art teacher Kandice Petschke said students in her College in the Schools painting class all have something in the show. Two other Fairmont students — one from the CIS ceramics class and one from a photography class — also submitted pieces.

Fortune explained there are benefits to students displaying their work.

“It’s a great opportunity to see the artistic talents that are coming out of the schools in the area,” she said. “It also allows students to get their artwork out of the classroom and into the community.”

The artwork has been juried by Char Kahler, who looked at skill and technique, inherent meaning, uniqueness and fulfilled talent.

Pieces range from a painted guitar, to an abstract drawing of a firefighter, to a hot air balloon that lights up, plus many more unique pieces.

Red Rock Center will give away $275 in cash for student awards, and each teacher will receive $40 for art supplies or future exhibits.

All of the students with art in the show will attend a workshop May 2 that will be led by Laura Sonnek, an art student at Bethany Lutheran College.

“She’ll do a lesson plan and the students will create something that day,” Fortune said. “Then they’ll have lunch and it will be open at 11:30 a.m. to recognize the winners.”

The lesson and art is made possible by a grant from Martin County Youth Foundation.

Those who placed in the show are as follows:

Oil and acrylic

1st place – Abigail Poulson, North Union

2nd place – Jordan Cummins, North Union

3rd place – Alex Okerman, Fairmont

Pencil and graphite

1st place – Alex Okerman, Fairmont

2nd place – Makaila Danison, North Union

3rd place – Maii Petchvorakul, GHEC

4th place – Cooper Amundsen, Blue Earth

5th place – Hanna Cassidy, GHEC


1st place – Tysen Zinnel, North Union

2nd place – Ella Hagebock, North Union

3rd place – Samuel Ozuna, Fairmont

4th place – Ben Steuber, North Union

Chalk, colored pencil,

print, watercolors

1st place – Kayla Portratz, North Union

2nd place – Nick Schiltz, North Union

3rd place – Maii Petchvorakul, GHEC

Clay and sculpture

1st place – Ceirra Alvarado, Blue Earth

2nd place – Kaylee Larson, Fairmont

Mixed media and collage

1st place – Cassie Gallant- GHEC

Photo and digital

1st place – Kaylee Larson, Fairmont