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The Fort Madison Area Arts Association is hung from ceiling to floor with creations from the Budding Artists at Central Lee, Richardson, Lincoln, Holy Trinity, and Ft. Madison Middle School for an annual favorite for viewers in the area. The weather delays upon the schools return from vacation has caused delays but can never keep this beloved show down! Seither&Cherry Company is the sponsor for the exhibition and a reception will occur on January 17th from 2:00-4:00 for the artists and families. Enjoy reception treats from HyVee with your family members while touring this massive exhibition. With 361 pieces this may well be the largest accumulation of works mustered thus far for the Budding Annual Exhibition with many more three dimensional raw materials showcased this year.

Projects kick-off kindergarten with “handsome” trees from Central Lee and snowy perspectives from Holy Trinity. Richardson and Lincoln students pump out pumpkin patch collages and radial symmetry images. Central Lee first graders take a Yukon look at landscapes after viewing works by Ted Harrison. Second grade Holy Trinity students wax on/wax off with some awesome cubist perspectives. Richardson and Lincoln explore tints and learn the variances of warm/cool/neutral colors, while Central Lee embosses metallic floral patterns, pastels parrots, and creates a splash of colorful life with gardens embracing watercolor and acrylics. The third grade hawks try their hand at ceramic cupcakes and yarnomental teepees. In the two dimensional realms seems to be scapes all around, whether they be the land or city variety. FMMS hoots it up with ceramic owls. Fourth grade Holy Trinity samples carpet wreaths and market magic with complimentary colors, while Central Lee visits mixed media geo-designed landscapes. Their fifth graders cultivate Southwestern bison heads and delight with samplings of fish robotics that create quite a stir. FMMS delves into thematic “What's in the Jar”, radial prints, and some intriguing color wheel weaving, while clay Picasso heads gropes with three dimensions. The clay goes more sculptural with Easter Island statues at FMMS sixth grade. Central Lee texturizes some tasty desserts and Holy Trinity tackles tonal graphite studies. Seventh grade FMMS studies pop artist Keith Haring using papier mache. Holy Trinity shines with collaborative photography series while 8th grade desings cardboard cut graphics and thematic collage. FMMS 8th grade delves into the popular field of fiber with coil baskets. Whew, an amazing line-up. It is impressive indeed to see what takes place in our educational system in regards to the arts.

Thanks always to Mrs. Price, Mrs. Mitchell, and Mrs. Hellige for Ft. Madison public schools; Mrs. Canida and Mrs. Jones for Central Lee; and Mrs. de Prima and Mr. Rung at Holy Trinity for sharing with the public! This exhibition is always stacked and packed. Parents may bring cameras for gallery shots with your budding artist by the wooden carousel horse or the gargantuan grinning face of Mr. Jimmy!