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Virtual exhibit: Students share art with the community
A fourth-grade student at Riley Elementary School works on a pastel sketch inspired by the Vincent Van Gouh’s “Starry Night.”

Young learners in Great Bend USD 428 invite the community to view highlights of their artistic accomplishments from the past year during the 22nd Annual “Watching Young Artists Grow” virtual art show.

While the virtual platform is new in recent years, the annual show continues to engage the community and nurture the talents of young artists. A link to the show is available now through June 1 on the District’s website, The show is categorized by school building and features over 1,000 works of art from USD 428’s K-6 students.

“This year we invited each student to select their favorite piece to be included in the show,” said Shannon Wedel, USD 428 art teacher. “To develop their creativity, curiosity and confidence, it’s important for these young artists to celebrate their work with family and the community.”

For more information about the “Watching Young Artists Grow” art show or the K-6 art program led by Shannon Wedel and Miraya Starnes, visit or contact the District Education Center, 620-793-1500.