Connections 4 Kids art show in Craig raises $10,000
February 11, 2014
Cherish the Little Things art show finalists
The following Moffat County students will have their artworks on display in Connections 4 Kids’ upcoming calendar:
Eagle’s Nest Preschool
East Elementary School
Isabella Anderson — kindergarten
Julissa Mendoza — fifth grade
Cristian Morales — third grade
Ridgeview Elementary School
Hunter Jones — second grade
Olivia Profumo — fourth grade
Isaac Vallem — third grade
Davina Widdison — first grade
Sandrock Elementary School
Kyler Arnold — first grade
Shanley Byrnes — kindergarten
Skyler Coleman — second grade
Zachary Crookston — kindergarten
Ashley Duran — fourth grade
Luis Galindo Ferrales — fourth grade
Emily Gonzales — fifth grade
Leah LePlatt — third grade
Osbaldo Quintana Valles — first grade
Sunset Elementary School
Ellina Jones — fifth grade
Wyatt Tucker — first grade
Kyler Arnold’s art received the most votes during the show and will be featured on the cover of the calendar.
During the third annual Cherish the Little Things art show, every color of the rainbow was on display, and while some tints and hues were more prominently featured, one color that wasn't lacking was green.
Connections 4 Kids broke its own record with a tally of $10,050 brought in during the three-day show that featured more than 300 pieces of art from students across Moffat County.
Coordinator Betsy Overton said the result was encouraging, as the amount of funds raised has gone up each year since the show's inception.
"I don't know how much further it'll go up, but we had a lot of people through here, and I'm feeling really good about it," she said.
Nearly 900 people dropped in to view students' masterpieces — especially to partake in the hot cocoa bar offered during Saturday night's Taste of Chocolate in the adjacent downtown area — including many of the artists themselves, who loved the chance to see their entries viewed by the public.
"They were here almost every day, some of them," she said.
A selection of 20 pieces was picked by Connections 4 Kids council members to be used in the organization's upcoming promotional calendar, with the artists honored in a banquet last week.
During the show, patrons could vote by monetary donation for which artwork would be used for the calendar's cover. The student with the most votes was Sandrock Elementary School first-grader Kyler Arnold, whose insect-themed picture alone received $193.50 in donations.
The young artist created a nature scene of a bright green dragonfly hovering over a group of plants, including cacti seen during a family trip to Arizona.
Although Arnold enjoys using paints in his works, this particular image was made entirely with colored pencils.
"I like drawing the best," he said.
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.