Spring Visual Arts Showcase displays talent of HISD student artists

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Stroll through the halls of HISD’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W. 18th St, 77092) over the next few days, and you could see a lion, a wolf, or even a cheetah.

All of these and more are represented in original artworks created by HISD students as part of the 2015 Spring Visual Arts Showcase, which is organized annually to display the talent of student artists from across the district.

The artworks will be on display through noon on Wednesday, May 12. Highlights of this year’s exhibition include a selection of winners from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s School Art Contest near the first-floor public entrance, and a photograph by Pin Oak Middle School seventh-grader Victoria Gray that won a Gold Key Award through the Scholastic Art & Writing contest.

Other works of note include a pair of (primarily) paper-mache ballerinas on the first floor made by Rice School fourth-graders Lexie Longtin and Kirstin Le, and a delicate necklace made from Shrinky Dinks by Sam Houston Math, Science & Technology Center junior Lissa Stephen on the second floor.

A reception to honor the artists and their work will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at Northwest Mall (9500 Hempstead Highway, 77092). Student performers from various HISD schools will provide background music at the event, including the Waltrip High School Ram Jazz Band and the Kashmere High School Concert Band, the Lewis Elementary School Percussion Lions and Upper-Level Piano Students, the Cage Elementary School Guitar and Orff Performers, and the sixth-grade middle school orchestra from T.H. Rogers.