30th Annual Art Show for the Association of Student Artists

April 15th was the 30th Annual Art Show for the Association of Student Artists. The show takes place at Kingsford High School and features the artwork of eight school districts- Kingsford, Norway, Iron Mountain, Florence, Niagara, Pembine, Goodman-Armstrong, and West Iron County. Representatives from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Kendall College of Art and Design, Northern Michigan University School of Art and Design, and Western Michigan University: Gwen Frostic School of Art came to judge the works and offer portfolio reviews.This year the show was extra special as ASA has been active for thirty years. The six founding members of ASA came to support the current members and their students. As a surprise to ASA, a generous donation was made to both the group as well as each of the eight districts involved. This donation came from one of the original financiers- Elsa Brule. All eight districts are thrilled to receive these donations for our programs.

West Iron County joined ASA in 2023 and the students have greatly enjoyed being involved in this group. ASA meets five times a year to show student work and participate in a workshop with a local artist. We have bagged groceries to earn tips to provide for our luncheons. The teachers plan, prepare, and host the annual show and encourage students to participate in the portfolio reviews. This year, Harlie Melstrom, a Senior at West Iron County participated in the portfolio review process. This involves showing your work over the past year to the judges and hearing their critiques. While this is nerve wrecking for many, it helps students learn how art is discussed in a higher education setting. Students like to hear any advice on their future work or plans. At the end of the show, awards are given to the fifty Judges Choice winners, the People's Choice award, and the Best of Show award. West Iron County Harlie Melstrom won a Judges choice this year on a mixed media piece named "Brighter Days". Junior Caitlin Pollard received an honorable mention for her work titled "Tunnel Vision".

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