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Student artists unleash their creativity

Have you ever thought an old sports shoe could be an attractive piece of art to be hung on a wall?

Some students of Seven Hills School in Nevada City have, and the results of their innovative thinking has transformed worn out sneakers into vibrantly colored wall sculptures.

The shoes and more student artworks are on display as part of the annual student exhibition called “Young at Art” at the Eric W. Rood Administrative Center.



Other pieces include masks with peacock feathers made by third-graders from Union Hill School; interpretations of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” by fifth-graders, also of Union Hill; and photographs by students of Forest Charter School.

“Art is a language in its own,” said Andrea Conte, art teacher at Nevada City School of the Arts. “It helps boost self-confidence in students and develops their mind.”




Art education helps students “understand the culture in a much better way because they participate in the artistic aspect of what they are studying,” Conte said.

“It develops some connections in their mind which would not otherwise exist,” she added.

The “Young at Art” show, which opened Feb. 27, will continue through May 25. It spans the main hallways, foyer and the second floor of the Rood Center. The public can see the exhibits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays – the Rood Center’s regular business hours.

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