The Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is exhibiting more than 500 pieces of artwork by local students at the 2019 Student Art Show through Saturday, March 9.

The exhibit features art from students in kindergarten through 12th grade at Anoka-Hennepin Regional High School, Avail Academy, Columbia Academy, Fridley High School, Hayes Elementary, Highland Elementary, Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts, North Park Elementary, River Trail Learning Center, Spring Lake Park High School, Stevenson Elementary and Valley View Elementary.

During the exhibit’s opening reception on Feb. 9, Banfill-Locke Executive Director Jeffrey Ebeling greeted the students participating in the show and presented each with an artist badge. Several art teachers from the participating schools were also at the opening to congratulate the student artists and their families.

“It’s my favorite show to put my students’ work in because it is a true gallery in the local area that offers a real-life experience for them,” Columbia Academy teacher Stephanie Nowak said.

The Student Art Exhibition has had a long tradition in the community. Often the art center sees students from past exhibitions return with their kids to see the next generation of creativity.

The Fridley-Columbia Heights Rotary Club is sponsoring the exhibit.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Fridley-Columbia Heights Rotary,” Ebeling said. “We really appreciate all they do for the youth and our community.”

The show is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through March 9. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is at 6666 East River Road, Fridley. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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