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Elementary art show opens; 16 works chosen for banners

Families jammed the Whitewater Valley Arts Association gallery Friday evening for an elementary art show.

Parents, grandparents and interested teachers came to view the work by pupils from eight schools and to learn whose art will be placed on street banners.

Sixteen entries in the art show were selected to be put on banners that will be hung from street light posts starting Monday, if weather permits. In a surprise, Connersville Mayor Harold Gordon awarded each of the banner artists a season permit for the city swimming pool.

These pupils had their art chosen for banners: Alaina Daniels and Johnny Frye, both from Fayette Central; Elliott Schlichte from Frazee; Adam Allen and Seth Walden, both from Grandview; Kayleanna Earlywine, Khloe Cockerham, Branson Howard and Wyatt Hemingway, all from Maplewood or Eastview; Kaiden Lakes, Ian Keal, Carson Giesting, Audra Turley, Kaylee Hauger and Emily Bishoff, all from St. Gabriel; and Trinity Michelle Custer, from Western Wayne.

The idea for the banners came from Gordon, who saw something similar in Wabash. Sharon McQueen, director of Discover Connersville, a downtown improvement organization, organized it. She and the Art Association, of which she is president, worked to find a sponsor for the banners – Caliber Properties – and promoted the art show to school art teachers.

Vane Lashua, an art association member, said the show and display was a good thing. He is pleased to see so many groups and the schools working together for the betterment of the city.

The art will be displayed in the gallery, 402 Central Ave., all this month. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.