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July 12, 2018 Hesston RecordJuly 12, 2018 Hesston Record

Walkabout Gallery To Feature HMS Artists

Posted 3/1/2017

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record Staff

The Walkabout Gallery will be featuring,for the 

first time, art ofstudents at Hesston Middle School.

Students’ art will be on display through the month of March in the lower level of the Hesston Wellness Center.  Twenty-five hand-drawn landscapes will be on display, supplied by Leah Gaeddert and her fifth and sixth grade art classes.

“They contacted us and asked if we had artwork.  I thought it would be perfect. It is one-point perspective drawings from around the world. I wanted to pick a variety so it’s like a walk around the world,” she said.

Student Jamie Krehbiel chose a remote location in China as the subject of her piece.

“I picked the Rainbow Mountains. I was really colorful and I thought I could include a lot of colors,” she said.

Krehbiel added, prior to the project, she was unaware such a stunning landscape existed.

Artist Supna Patel also featured Chinese landscapes, however, focused on the most iconic imagery, the Great Wall.

“I’ve always really liked structures and have always liked the Great Wall of China. I’ve never really done anything on it and thought this would be the perfect time to do something on it,” she said.

While many artists chose readily identifiable places, Paul Barthelem created his own landscape for the gallery.

“It’s no specific place. I looked at a few pictures and I wanted to draw a sunset with a reflection,” he said.

Each artist spent hours researching, drawing and coloring their pieces using colored pencils.

“I gave them a really short demonstration on how to use colored pencils and they took it and ran with it.  I like the way they took it and made it theirs,” said Gaeddert.

The three artists, with their wide variety of landscapes and personal preferences all faced unique challenges with their pieces. 

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