Youth art shows go online with digital galleries

Arts in the valley

Submitted by Sami Wackerle, executive director for Columbia Valley Arts Council

In March, we were supposed to launch our gallery season with our 15th annual Art from the Heart show, ironically titled Art from the Heart Goes Wild. Little did we know then that the whole world was about to go wild, and that Art from the Heart 2020 would not fully make it onto our walls.

Instead, we’ve had the unexpected but not unwelcome opportunity to debut this year’s collection of artwork created by over 700 valley elementary students as the first ever digital gallery on our website.

Art from the Heart online has since been joined by a second gallery, as we’ve been hard at work on Zoom with some of our local toddlers over the last few weeks to create pieces for our annual Lil Peeps art show.

While we miss the brightness and joy of seeing all the art created in our local daycares hanging on our gallery walls at Pynelogs, we’ve been delighted to be part of the creative process as we help our young artists create gallery additions at home. This year’s Lil Peeps show certainly looks and feels a lot different than we’re used to seeing, but the love and pride we feel admiring it hasn’t changed one bit!

Going digital also means that we can extend the show length for both our Art from the Heart and Lil Peeps shows. They’ll both remain on our website throughout May so you can sit back in the comfort of your couch, computer chair, or patio swing and let all the beautiful creations from our young artists bring light into your day.

Next up on our digital gallery schedule is our Reach High School Art Show which will be launching at the start of June.

All our digital galleries can be viewed at

Stay safe and stay creative!

Pictured: Art from the Heart submission from Ms. Curry’s grade 5/6 class

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