"The art show allows members of the community who maybe do not have children in our schools the opportunity to enjoy the creativity of our youth," said Charla Curry, Cassville art teacher. "To me, there is nothing more precious than seeing a child's art. It has a quality of innocence that an adult cannot duplicate."
Wheaton art teacher Valerie Ball said the exhibit also allows students to express their personalities and talents in an area other than sports or academics.
"These students are really proud of their work and what they can do," said Freda Wolf, Southwest art teacher. "It is good for the community to have the opportunity to support the students too."
Wolf said she is especially excited about this year's exhibit, which allows several local schools to work together to offer an extensive show with a variety of pieces.
"As an art instructor, I am grateful we have the opportunity to display our artist renditions outside the classroom," said Ball. "It is a great motivation for students to know their art may be chosen for an audience."
Students who visit the art show will be invited to pose for a photo with their artwork. Each student will receive one free four-inch by six-inch print.
"I want to thank the museum for this opportunity," said Wolf. "It is a good way for these students to experience a show for the first time."
"It is a big deal for our little guys to have something outside of the school they can attend that showcases their abilities," said Curry. "They are very excited in being chosen to represent their grade levels and classes."
Cassville kindergarten student artwork on display at the museum includes geometric texture castles, bubble fish paintings and cubism pieces. First grade artworks are scarecrows, self-portraits and cubism pieces, and second grade work includes family portraits, tangled owls and paintings inspired by Demuth's "Figure 5 in Gold."
Southwest kindergarten and middle school students submitted two dimensional drawings and paintings with ocean life and animals in their environments.
Wheaton first through eighth grade student artwork included in the show feature graphite, watercolor, colored pencil and batik pieces.
"Fine arts provide learners with non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression and appreciation of diversity," said Ball.
In addition to the student art exhibit, a vintage toy collection, Red Heads Basketball Display, an extraordinary characters of Roaring River exhibit and an assortment of other collections are currently on display at the museum.
Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call 847-1640 or visit www.barrycomusuem.org.