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Farmington student art on display at Fairview Ridges

This photo of a U.S. flag by fifth grader Zeldie Anderson is one of the pieces of artwork by local students that will hang this year at Fairview Ridges Hospital.

Kids’ artwork is bright. It’s cheerful. A lot of the time, staying inside the lines isn’t even a consideration. It’s almost guaranteed to make someone else smile.

And bringing smiles may well be why the Fairview Ridges Hospital Healing Arts Committee asked Farmington elementary teachers to contribute some student artwork this year.

The Healing Arts Committee approached District 192 art education representative Paul Stanley at the end of last school year and asked if Farmington schools would like to participate in a special art showing.

Every year, Stanley said, the committee seeks out student artwork that is framed and hung in the radiology department at Fairview Ridges in Burnsville.

A total of 76 pieces of artwork, coming from all five of Farmington’s elementary schools, will be on display at Fairview Ridges for one year, starting May 1.

Stanley was contacted late last year, giving the art specialists the better part of a year to select student artwork from each school. Each school submitted approximately 15 pieces of art, he said.

“The artwork is a little bit of everything,” Stanley said. “It’s just from projects we’ve worked on throughout the school year. I’m fairly excited to see what the other teachers are bringing.”

The hospital does not have space for 3D projects, so no sculptures were included. However, since students have use of iPads, this year’s artwork does include some photography.

All of the pieces have been framed and matted by the Healing Arts Committee.

The committee is also hosting a reception for the student artists and their families May 8 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, across from Fairview Ridges. Students whose artwork was selected will receive an engraved plaque from the committee.

At Riverview Elementary, Stanley works with approximately 700 students. Choosing only 12 to 15 works of art was no easy task, he said.

But it is a great honor for students to have their artwork on display at Fairview Ridges, he added.

“It’s a great opportunity for the students to be recognized in a way they otherwise wouldn’t be. It’s nice that it will be up there for a full year and those students can be recognized for a little bit longer, It’s a little more of an impact,” he said.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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