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Stars in art

April 16, 2011
By Cindy Votruba - News Editor , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Their creativity knows no bounds and the latest exhibit at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Center shows that off.

The annual Lyon County Art Stars exhibit will be at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Center through May 14. It features a wide variety of mediums, from paper mache, watercolors, photography to a ceramic game table, by students in Marshall High School and Minneota High School.

A Chinese checkers game table created by Minneota High School student Nathan Buysse is one of the highlights of the exhibit. Buysse said his teacher, Scott Hanson, comes up with some creative ideas for art projects. One was to make a game board.

"He knows what he's doing on different things," Buysse said. "He's got a lot of great ideas."

"He has a lot of creativity," Minneota student Kelly Timmerman said of Hanson. "You don't know what he's going to come up with next for a project." She said she likes taking classes from Hanson.

Buysse said he didn't have a Chinese checkers game board, so he decided to go all out and make a game table.

"A lot of the stuff I did by hand," Buysse said. "For one of the tiles, I did a pattern and pushed it into the clay. Every single piece on the top was fired separately."

Buysse then glued all the pieces onto a circle of plywood.

"To give it strength," he said. Buysse also used a branch from a downed tree in his parents' grove for the base of the table.

Buysse said the table took a long time to make and fortunately none of the pieces came apart during the firing process. He plans to take the table with him when he goes onto college.

Another one of Hanson's "great ideas," was a paper mache project he had for his Art 1 class. A brightly-colored paper mache creature by Timmerman is featured in the exhibit. She said when Hanson gave out the assignment, she had something in mind.

"I instantly decided I wanted something bright that reminded me of spring," Timmerman said.

Timmerman said she created her own creature for her paper mache project.

"I kind of made it up as I went along," Timmerman said.

Marshall High School senior Miranda Christensen always had her art displayed around the school. This is the first time her work has been part of a local exhibit. The three pieces she has in the MAFAC exhibit is from a design class taught by Mike Jacobs.

One of the works, Christensen said, is like underwater mines. She said she put her own little twist on it, adding a bit of glamor. She also did a watercolor piece.

"We could only use a few colors and create (our own) picture," Christensen said.

Christensen said she's always enjoyed art classes and plans to study architecture in college.

"I love to paint, I?love to design stuff,"?Christensen said. "It's one of those things that I?love."

MHS student Wendy Lee has three pieces in the exhibit. One is a mixed media work called "Monster Stories." She said when her art class got the assignment, Jacobs gave the students a few ideas, such as ?a screaming girl.

For the fabric part of the piece, Lee thought of a quilt blanket. She also used wooden stars as buttons from her mother's scrapbooking materials.

Buysse and Timmerman were pleased to have their works on display for the surrounding communities to see.

"I?was excited when he (Hanson) asked me to exhibit mine,"?Timmerman said.

"It's interesting to see that people want to go out and see that," Buysse said.

Lee attended the reception for the exhibit and was impressed by what she saw.

"I?thought it was really cool, I loved the photography," Lee said.

So was Christensen's family.

"My parents said it's a lot of fun to see all those art pieces," Christensen said.



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