Over 2,000 works of art on display in the 7th Annual Student Showcase

Artwork included 3D sculptures, papier-mâché, and portraits.

This article was written by Leila Sadeghian, intern at BenitoLink

On March 31, the San Benito County Office of Education hosted its 7th Annual Student Art Showcase at the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. The event featured artwork from K-12 students from across San Benito County.

Over 2,000 works of art were submitted. The Office of Education partnered with the San Benito Arts Council to organize the event. The theme of this year’s art exhibition was environmental knowledge and the impact humans have on climate change.

Notable artworks included 3D sculptures made of brightly painted plastic water bottles and spiral cuts, 3D sculptures depicting different natural habitats, papier-mâché collages, animal portraits and handicrafts made from cereal boxes.

More than 400 people attended the exhibition.

“It’s growing every year and we want to thank all of our school districts who are participating and making this happen,” said Krystal Lomanto, San Benito County Schools Superintendent.

There were also live performances from Yamamoto Hula Ohana, Animation Dance Company, San Benito Dance Academy, and dancers from San Benito High School.

Through their works, the young artists represented needs such as protecting the oceans, preventing air pollution, recycling and protecting forests.

“We really focused on using artistic creation, on social and emotional well-being. We have seen a huge positive impact on students’ ability to reflect on themselves, convey them to each other, and share their feelings. Arts education is crucial and is the core curriculum,” said San Benito County Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) specialist Jennifer Henig.

“This event is really good for the community,” said Aromas-San Juan Unified School District art teacher Rachel Wohlander. “I think art is really important to the community and brings the community together. There’s a lot of talent in the community, so it’s nice to see it showcased.

Many children who attended the event were able to show their parents the artwork they had created.

“My favorite part of the event is all the art. I really liked the animal artwork that featured different types of animals,” said Sadie Pellin, a third-grade student at Cerra Elementary School. Vista, who submitted a collage of sharks made with torn pieces of paper.

The San Benito County Office of Education also hopes to hold this event next spring.

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