Salem School Art Show fills library

An art show featuring the work of students from Salem School — a first of its kind outside of the school walls — filled the Community Library site in Salem Wednesday night with art in various mediums and plenty of appreciative art viewers as well.

Selected work from students at every grade level was displayed on walls, on shelves and in cases cases in several rooms of the library. Wednesday night was the official opening of the show, but the art will remain on display through the end of the month.

Christina Schatmeyer, a long-term substitute art teacher at the school, organized the show. She said the idea was born out of the desire to display students work in a way more accessible to the community at large. Fire code regulations that have left schools with less art display area in-house also played a part, said School Board member Lisa Hinze.

Schatameyer had organized art shows for other programs she has worked for, but never something on the scale of the Salem project, with its student population of about 1,000 potential student artists to draw from.

Artwork was displayed by age level, with an explanation of the objectives of each project.

An official head count of attendance for the hour-long show opening wasn’t available, but the library’s parking lot was packed, with cars parking along the entrance-exit road a half hour after the opening began. Schatmeyer said she handed out 150 surveys she prepared for the whole opening in about 15 minutes. Refreshments served were largely gone after about 30 minutes.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Schatmeyer said of the opening while she greeted students and their parents and handed out surveys Wednesday night. “This is so exciting.”

Students were looking forward to the chance to have their work displayed at the show, Schatmeyer said.

“They were really excited to show their artwork not just in the school, but in the community,” Schatmeyer said.


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