Morrilton students display artwork

story and photos by Janna Virden

Hundreds of pieces of artwork from students in the South Conway County School District were on display in April at the Rialto Arts Gallery in Downtown Morrilton.

On April 4, a reception was held for the public to highlight the students’ work. Zack Nolan, the art teacher for the intermediate school, said many of his students did portraits of famous Arkansans. He tied the projects to history lessons his students were studying. “Art is so important in the classroom,” he said. “It is a way for many students to express themselves.”

When asked about art in school, 12-year-old Evan Mobley said, “I think it is definitely important to enrich our minds with all this creativity.” Mobley used several different techniques to create his “Trees in Winter” painting.

The Rialto Art Gallery has displays throughout the year, ranging from quilts and local photography to student art.