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March 17, 2013

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center promotes Youth Art Month

Show continues through March 31

DUNCAN — Designing your own pair of sunglasses may be just a dream to some but for a few area youths, they were able to do just that to celebrate Youth Art Month Oklahoma.

“Support Creativity” is the theme for Youth Art Month 2013, a project of the Oklahoma Arts Education Association, which will run until March 31. Chisholm Trail Heritage Center hosts the finished art works in the foyer in order the community to view.

“There is tons of art work and it’s all really great,” said Leah Mulkey, CTHC education coordinator. “Oklahoma wants the arts to be supported across the state.”

Currently displayed at the center is student art work from Duncan High School, FAME Academy and Comanche High School. From ceramics and paper mache to zentangle art, there is almost every art medium represented. A few pieces are definitely to draw the eye, which includes sunglasses designed by individual students.

“They designed their own sunglasses out of paper and used tinted lenses,” Mulkey said. “There is one pair that looks like a dragon and a pair that was designed to look like a bird.”

All the students’ works are free to view during the center’s operating hours. Each of the students put in much time and effort on their projects and hope that the community comes out to see it and appreciate the talent that resides in local schools.

“It’s pretty neat,” said Madisson Williams, a senior at DHS. “It makes me feel like I really did something and it was worth it.”

Williams created two works of art, one a heart design with colored pencils and the other featured two fish made out of several dots with markers. The fish design took her two weeks to complete.

DHS seniors Samantha Cassidy and Blakelee Stowers and sophomore William Browning each created their own pair of sunglasses. Their designs were influenced by their individual interests. Cassidy’s Disney’s “Cars” themed glasses were based on her love of Disney, Stowers’ pair was influenced by Valentine’s Day and Browning was watching a film when he was inspired to make his dragon glasses.

“I’m glad we have this chance to show off our art work,” said Browning.

Cassidy added, “It makes me happy because I worked really hard.”

Comanche senior Jeffery Bates is also proud to have his work displayed at CTHC. A large canvas with bright colors on a dark background that are combined to present the close up face of a Native American, Bates’ painting demands attention. It took him nine days to finish the painting.

“I built the frame and stretched the canvas myself,” he said.

“It was my first time to build a canvas but not paint. I’m proud of it.”

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