Students’ Art Displayed in Local Gallery

by Sydney Yarbrough

                  On Sunday March 4 Gallery One, a local art gallery on Western Avenue in Downtown Petaluma, opened its doors to proudly present an array of St. Vincent’s student’s artistic talent. For the afternoon, students who entered their work to this event played artist for a few hours, as their work was displayed for all to see.

                  Last year St. Vincent High School participated in a gallery walk with Petaluma High and Casa Grande in honor of Youth Arts month. The gallery walk was cancelled this March, so Mr. Gonzalez contacted Ms. Pedersen in hopes of organizing a special show just for the St. Vincent community. “It was a really good opportunity for the kids we have a lot of talent for such a small school,” said Ms. Waud, art teacher.

                  Spectators were wowed by the incredible art that was created by such young students. There was a mix of paintings, drawings, and photographs that were framed and hung on the walls of Gallery One, blending in with the artwork that was for sale in the gallery. 16 students participated in this event, and 18 pieces in total were entered. “I was really proud of everybody. They branched out and tried something new,” said Ms. Pedersen, art teacher. “I really like to see how proud the kids are and all of the recognition they received was such a great reward for all their hard work,” continued Ms. Waud.

                  In fact, 5 pieces were sold on opening day. The profit went straight to the students, unlike most shows when half the profit is split with the gallery owner. This experience definitely gave a taste of what it’s like to be a professional artist to the students and provided wonderful artwork for all of the spectators to enjoy.