Gallery exhibition celebrates young artistsSubmitted: 03/16/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Gallery exhibition celebrates young artists
LAND O' LAKES - We hear about budget cuts that force schools to get rid of art programs.

A local arts organization wants to highlight the importance of arts education.

Land O' Lakes Area Artisans (LOLA) is a non-profit arts organization offering art classes and cultural programming to adults and kids.

This month, LOLA's gallery features an exhibit called, "What Will Kids Imagine Next?"

It features art work from local elementary and homeschool students.

"Putting [kid's art] in a frame all of the sudden elevates it into something totally different, putting it in a gallery setting. Parents will come in and say, 'My kid did that?' So it's pretty special to see it just really featured rather than in a backpack, on a refrigerator. And the public is aware, too, that, you know, what kids are doing is pretty special," said Land O' Lakes Area Artisans Program Director Wendy Powalisz.

Young artists and their families got to see their work featured in the exhibit Saturday.

LOLA decided to host the exhibit as part of National Youth Art Month.

The young artists also had the chance to meet local professional artists.

Those artists also critiqued the children's artwork.

Organizers want to make sure students always have arts education available to them.

"It's an essential component of their education. It lets them express themselves in a way they may not be able to do in another type of work in school. It also works both sides of the brain for creative thinking, and those kinds of skills - creative thinking is going to be very needed in our 21st century job marketplace," explained Powalisz.

The exhibit runs through March 22nd.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It's located at 4262 Highway B in Land O' Lakes.

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