Young artists receive statewide honors

Plenty of talented artists are producing great work on a daily basis in Marshalltown schools.

A group of these creative youth will be honored as their work has been selected to be displayed at the 2013 Youth Art Month Show at the State Historical Building in Des Moines in March.

The students include David Dickey, Kathy Del Real Sanchez and Jonathan McKeever from Lenihan Intermediate School, Mia Krukow from Woodbury Elementary School and Caleb Lauer and Dillon Walsh from Fisher Elementary School. All of the students are invited to a special reception March 2 for the show.

“For a lot of them they start to think of themselves as artists when they get picked,” said Maggie Parks, elementary art teacher. “So it’s a big encouragement.”

Walsh has received a special honor as his piece of a Drippy Monster (paint on paper is blown by a straw) has been selected as one of 15 pieces from throughout the state to be part of the Governor’s Show. Walsh, 6, a first grader at Fisher, will be able to meet Gov. Terry Branstad as part of the prestigious honor.

“I didn’t ever expect it,” Dillon Walsh said. “I was shocked when I read about it (in a letter).”

Dillon’s mother, Kelli Walsh, is looking forward to her son meeting the governor during a reception for that show on March 6.

“I think that will be really cool and he’s really excited for it,” Kelli Walsh said.

The events are sponsored by the Art Educators of Iowa.