Most of the students are nervous. It is a first for many of them, but they are definitely excited that their works of art are on display at the Mason Square Museum. Over fifty 4th Grade Mason Elementary School art students of teacher, Patrice Searsy have submitted at least one drawing to be exhibited over the next two months at the Mason Square Museum. Inspired by the recent exhibit at the museum of local artist, Laverne Lee, the student’s drawings are of local landmarks. Laverne Lee’s exhibit expressed her love of community and Mason County, featuring familiar and historic paintings and drawings of the town and the county. The 4th Graders have followed her example by drawing the Mason County Court House, St. Paul Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, the Odeon, the Mason Square Museum and Fort Mason.
Patrice Searsy says when the museum approached the school art staff with the idea of the exhibit, they and the students were “eager to jump in to do something”. A lot of these students have dreams of being artists when they grow up, one has an art studio at home and even at this tender stage they understand the importance of an exhibit of their work. The Mason Square Museum has had visitors from around the nation and around the globe, from places like Alaska, Washington D.C., Germany and New Zealand. Fourth Grade Artist, Rylan Jordan is happy about the attention his work is receiving. He says it is “really cool” that people from another state or country might see his work and it is “pretty awesome” to be in the newspaper! Riley Garica says it is all exciting and he looks forward to taking his parents to the museum to see his drawing of the Odeon. It was a natural combination. Riley says, “Drawing is fun, and I have been drawing since I was little. I love watching movies at the Odeon and I have been going there my whole life.”The common thread with these budding Mason artists is a love of drawing. Xavier Martinez also has been drawing since “he was a little kid.” Mrs. Searsy and this project has taught Xavier that it “takes time” to draw something well. He chose to draw the First United Methodist Church because it had meaning for him. He said “I use to go there when I was little”.
The various landmarks held meaning for many of the students. Kyra Wilson drew the Odeon because she said “It brings me and my mom and my two brothers together when we watch the movies”. Tiffany Snow drew Ft Mason because she sees the fort as a symbol of Mason. For some, it was all about the challenge. Kaeli Hooten chose to draw the Mason County Courthouse because of her love of detail work. Colby Brown found that drawing the bocks of the Lutheran Church would require some new skills and Ty Spencer and Preston George eagerly took on the difficult task of drawing the detailed clock tower of the Courthouse. Tyler Schmidt not only chose the Courthouse for its details but for its shadows and windows. Makenna Palacio has “always wanted to be an artist”. She related how her dad has been teaching her how to draw so it would be “really cool!” if this exhibit at the museum is the first in her career as a famous artist!
The Thanksgiving weekend is a great opportunity for friends, family and visiting extended family to see the drawings of these young and talented Mason artists. The Mason Square Museum and Gift Shop, located on the north side of the Mason Square will be closed Thanksgiving and open its normal hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. As always, admission is Free.