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The HeART of Winter Show

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One of the most popular booths during this year’s HeART of Winter — Arts and Language Arts Extravaganza at Berrendo Middle School on Thursday evening was the cookie decorating booth. Anybody could pick up their favorite icing color and get to work creating their edible masterworks. (Christina Stock Photo)

This is the third year that organizer and art teacher Jeanette Main held the art show, HeART of Winter — Arts and Language Arts Extravaganza at Berrendo Middle School.

“Just setting everything up is a challenge and then getting everything organized,” Main said. “It is teaching me a lot about putting things together and putting little groups together to make a bigger program like this.”

This year’s show included the language arts program, the exploratory program, music arts and visual arts.

“For the art part alone I have approximately 140 students,” Main said. “We have at least that many pieces and more, because I have some students that actually put more in. I estimated to have 175 pieces this year.”

While parents, friends and family admired the work of the students that was displayed, the children paid the most attention to the center of the room where the Teacher’s Staff Challenge was held. Ten of BMS’ teachers competed against each other in a 30 minute paint contest under the watchful eye, and occasional guidance, of their young students.

“They have 30 minutes to create anything they want to,” Main said. “If it’s still life or anything else, it’s whatever they want to create on canvas. The audience, by applause, will determine who the winner is.”

Ashley Stroud won the paint contest, despite the fact that language arts teacher Ray Gutierrez challenged the outcome. The playful banter that followed between the teachers made the children and adults laugh. Gutierrez is looking forward to a rematch next year.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.