Herkimer programs shine in Youth Art Month

Two students pose near three-dimensional artwork

The Herkimer art program is in the spotlight in March as the celebration of Youth Art Month continues.

Two local exhibits featuring Herkimer artwork are on display now. At the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, the fourth annual Student-Teacher art show, “Reflections,” is on display through Friday, March 8.

The show features works by art teachers Leah Zorn and Heather McCutcheon, and high school students Ariel Bell, Olivia Cook, Gaven Miller, Johanna Humble, Maria Humble and Lyndsey Bass.

Student poses near drawings and other artwork

Another show of student work is on display at Bassett Healthcare through April 2. The 11th annual Herkimer County Youth Art Month show features works from Herkimer students in grades 2-12, including Taylor Hope, Zoey Sheffler, Caiden Vogt, Russell Stapf, Katie Carney, Connor McCutcheon, Gwendalyn McCutcheon, Michael Demars, Savannah Dennis, Loretta Lamphere, Avery Richard, Victoria Stapf, Leslie Xiao, Camryn Crossley, Lilliana Langdon, Kharma Beth Angle, Victor Colon Jr., Tracy Xiao, Abigail Stapf, Nathaniel Stapf, Amaya Chabrier, Emmi Baker and Kyle Bixler.

Three adults and one student pose in front of artwork
From left, Mrs. McCutcheon, junior Emily Jackson, Sen. James Seward, and Mrs. Tomaso

Two Herkimer students also had their work selected for the 2019 Legislative Exhibit, the flagship event for Youth Art Month in New York state. Student artwork from grades K-12 is chosen from each Senate and Assembly district and displayed at the state Capital. Works by Herkimer students Emily Jackson, Grade 11, and Faylee Mashtare, Grade 8, were chosen for this year’s show.

And Herkimer art teacher Heather McCutcheon’s work to promote Youth Art Month throughout New York state will also be recognized this month. McCutcheon and her YAM co-chair, Donnalynn Shuster, will share one of four national Awards of Excellence given by the national Council for Art Education to Youth Art Month programs across the country.

Mrs. McCutcheon will travel to the National Arts Education Association Conference in Boston to represent Herkimer and accept the award.