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By Sigrid Olson

Giant Meadowlarks and Colorful Cowboys Draw Crowd in Greenough


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

Ovando and Sunset School students displayed their artwork at their Student Art Exhibition at the Paws Up Ranch May 6. The communities were invited.

GREENOUGH - The evening of May 6 the reception barn at The Paws Up Resort in Greenough was decked out with paintings, drawings and art auction items plus 3-D faces and collaborative murals.

The student artists from Ovando and Sunset schools hosted an exhibit of their art at the local ranch. More than 40 people attended including families and friends of the 12 students.

Guided by art teacher Ashley Mitchell of Missoula, the students at both schools have the opportunity for a regular art program.

Sunset teacher Toni Hatten said, "It is important to incorporate arts in rural schools." Hatten said some of the arts in their program include cinematography and dance.

Students at Sunset include Issac Morse, Hanarose Groom, Reagan Fox, Lucas Nygard and Claire Kelley and represent grades kindergarten through eighth.

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

Drawing by artist Claire Kelley, a kindergartner at Sunset School. This and other pieces of art were part of the art auction May 6 at the Ovando and Sunset students' Art Show in Greenough.

Mitchell travels to Ovando every other week and Sunset weekly to work with the students on different styles and artists, doing two projects each week.

Students studied Charlie Russell's work and then painted cowboy and cowgirl renditions. Some students were auctioning off their art as well.

In Ovando, the "small room" taught by Andrea Tougas is comprised of students from preschool up to fourth grade. Kyle deRonnebeck, Abby deRonnebeck and Sawyer Hessler participated in a colorful mural that graced the building's entranceway.

The "big room" students include Sadie Smith, Macy Williams, Iris Swanberg and Jesse McKay and are taught by LeighAnn Valiton.

Mitchell was pleased with the attendance and the students' work. "I think it is so valuable that Sunset and Ovando schools have the opportunity for art programs and I feel fortunate they [the schools and students] embrace the arts."


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