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Creativity never ages

Artists of all ages throughout the community feature works in distinctive show

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Peyton Bowser, a fifth-grade student at Hackberry Hill Elementary School, stands next to her purple and black cityscape artwork at the Art for the Young at Heart Artist Reception, Feb. 12.
Photo by Crystal Anderson
From pastel paintings to photography, works by area first through sixth-graders hang throughout the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., with works from community artists, age 50 and older.
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For 80 elementary school students and 16 adult artists, art is an expression, a way of showing emotion, personality, and style.  

The  28th annual, Art for the Young at Heart art show brought together both the young and old at the APEX Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd.  

“This really shows how art can expand across the ages and be a lifelong venture,” said Laura Schwenker, the recreation coordinator for the Community Recreation Center.  

Started nearly 30 years ago, the exhibition combines works of art from around 100 people from first-graders to senior citizens and those in between as a way to showcase local art and acknowledge the children’s work.  

“It’s humbling because these kids are so talented,” Donna Frazzini, one of the adult artists in the show said. “To be displayed next to some of the work they do and have them be able to do it is huge for our youth.”

Each school was allowed to submit 10 works of art to the show. Submitted artworks ranged from small pastel and crayon paintings of animals, objects and an image Olde Town Arvada to clay plates and large paper mache “cat-rat” sculptures.  

“I wanted to show off my work, and how I express myself is my work,” Blake Steinmetz, a fifth-grader at Hackberry Hill said.

Every year, students from elementary schools in Arvada and Westminster participate in this show, to showcase their craftsmanship, creativity, and be recognized by the community.

“It’s exciting for them for other people to see their artwork outside of the school,” Cindy Applehans, the art teacher at Hackberry Hill said. “It’s so fun for them to have other people, the public, see their work.”

For the students, the exhibition is a fun way to express their talents as artists and a chance to show their work in an environment where they may not otherwise be able to.

“I really like art,” Peyton Bowser, a fifth grade student at Hackberry Hill Elementary School said. “I like that we could make it any type we wanted and express ourselves.”

The show runs through March 19 at the Community Recreation Center. For more information, visit .