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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Students showcase art, raise money for United Way

  • The lobby of The Centre was full of creative high school students Friday, April 11, who were both exhibiting their artistic talents and raising money for the area's United Way.
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  • The lobby of The Centre was full of creative high school students Friday, April 11, who were both exhibiting their artistic talents and raising money for the area's United Way.
    It was Rolla Student Fine Arts Day.
    This year marked the ninth year that the event has been put on according to organizer Kent Bagnall of Kent Jewelry. The day included both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works on display.
    "Each fall I go and talk to the Art Club at the high school and encourage them to start creating designs to submit to our jewelry design contest," Bagnall said.
    He explained that he will receive dozens of designs and typically only 12 will be actually created.
    "Pieces are judged on their marketability and wear-it ability," he explained. "We selected student-designed jewelry form Rolla, Newburg and one home-schooler."
    As in years past, the jewelry on display was auctioned off with the money going toward the United Way of South Central Missouri.
    Carolyn Peplow, executive director of the United Way for South Central Missouri, was proudly displaying her student-designed jewelry around her neck.
    "This is great," Peplow told the Daily News. "Last year the students raised over $3,000 for the United Way."
    On the other side of the lobby, high school students were painting and drawing away. According to Rolla High School (RHS) art instructor Shannon Englebrecht, her students were not getting a day off from classes.
    "The students had to present a lesson plan, what materials that would be used and to bring it all in," she said.
    The artists' lesson plans were used to instruct area seventh-graders who came for a visit earlier in the day.
    Kellie Thompson, a senior at RHS, was demonstrating the fine art of blow painting.
    "What you do is put a drop of paint on a piece of paper and then use a straw to blow it around to make a neat design," she said.  
    Nearby, Brooke Campbell and Alicia Myers demonstrated to the middle school students how to create stained glass chandeliers from the bottom of plastic water bottles.
    Englebrecht said the seventh graders were quite excited about all of the activities, and she was equally impressed by the hard work of her students.
    "They did great. I am so impressed by their teaching and artistic talent," she said.

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