Dubois art students earned honors at State Show

The town of Dubois has many fine artists. But not all of them are adults, judging from the K-12 art show that opened today in the Dennison Lodge.

The ribbons on the art works show that Dubois students have won more than their share of awards in this year’s statewide events.

Of 40 pieces entered in the State Art Symposium, 21 won awards this year.

The First Lady’s Choice awards are chosen by the governor’s wife with a goal of recognizing one entry from every county. She chose two from Dubois.

Dubois students also won Congressional “Artistic Discovery” awards in both the 2D and 3D categories, says art teacher Danita Sayers – including an award for a photograph, which she says is relatively rare.

The Dubois school art show, which has taken place every May for several decades, has been known to attract professors from the University of Wyoming and art collectors, Sayers says, some of whom come to purchase the hand-painted items of furniture and sculptures created by the students. “We paint on whatever we can find to paint on,” she says.

One item in the show – a work still in progress – is a large glider crafted from huge iron wagon wheels and horseshoes welded together. Starting in sixth grade, Sayers explains, students are free to propose their own projects, and the results can be remarkable.

The exhibition is a testimony to the fact that creativity and innovation are not limited to young people who grow up in urban areas with access to well-known professionals as mentors. “A lot of our best artists are ranch kids,” says Sayers.

The school art show continues in Dubois through 1 p.m. Saturday.