APS Art Around Town to be on display at 50 area businesses

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Artwork completed by Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grader Sadie VanVolkenburg and first-grader Emmett Brock is seen here. These are just two of the many art pieces that will be shown around businesses in Alpena and Ossineke this month.

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools is hosting its annual Art Around Town event throughout Alpena and Ossineke this month.

Around 1,000 art pieces completed by Alpena K-12 students will be on display at 50 businesses throughout Alpena and Ossineke from Wednesday through May 29. Each business will showcase about 10 to 15 pieces of art.

APS art teacher Bethany Cooke said the students have been working very hard to complete their artwork. She said both the businesses and students look forward to the event.

“It’s just a fun event for the kids,” Cooke said. “They’re really excited and they like to know where their art is.”

The event is exciting for everybody, because the businesses like showing the art and the school district likes being able to show off each student’s work, Cooke said.

Elementary school students completed 2D artwork while high school students completed 3D pieces for the event. There will be a mix of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics at the businesses, Cooke said.

“It means a lot to the kids to have their piece up and look professional in the businesses and it’s cool for them to see that,” she said.

Not just the students are excited for the event, parents are also excited, Cooke said. She said everybody looks forward to the event every year and parents especially like seeing their kids’ artwork.

Cooke and APS art teachers Melody Zelazny, Kyle Kieliszewski, and Sarah Bedford will spend a day before the event hanging up the artwork at the businesses.

“We work really hard to get them up so the kids can see their artwork,” Cooke said.

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.

What: Alpena Public Schools

Art Around Town

When: May 15 to 29

Where: 50 businesses throughout Alpena and Ossineke

Info: Alpena Public Schools student artwork will be displayed at local businesses for the annual Art Around Town event.

Participating businesses: Allegra Printing, Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union locations in Alpena and Ossineke, Alpena County Library, Alpena Furniture, The Alpena Mall Gallery, The Alpena News, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Biggby Coffee, Blue Phoenix Books/As You Wish Gourmet Eatery, Bolenz Jewelry, Cabin Creek Coffee, Connie’s Cafe, Edward Jones on Chisholm, Fitzpatrick Hardware, Flowerland Designs, Glitz & Glamour Bridal, Great North Pet Supply, HPC Credit Union, Hunan’s Restaurant, Huntington Bank, Lasting Expressions, mBank on Ripley, Neiman’s Family Market, North Country Candy, Northern Exposure/The Drug Store, Olivet Book & Gift, Ossineke Building Supply, Perch’s IGA, Real Estate One, Reflections Salon, Sherwin-Williams, Stanson’s Flooring, Sunrise Veterinary Services, Switzer Veterinary Clinic, The Local Basket Case, Thunder Bay Therapy, Thunder Bay Winery, Turning Brook, and Wolverine State Credit Union locations in Alpena.