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Julie Lewis | The Daily StarAshley Delello, a senior at the Oneonta High School hangs a sign while she and others worked to set up the Oneonta City School District Spring Art Show at the FoxCare Center on State Route 7 in Oneonta on Wednesday. The show, featuring nearly 1,000 works of art by students K-12 will be in place until June 8. Julie Lewis

ONEONTA -- Students at every level of the Oneonta City School District have a chance to shine at the annual school art show at FoxCare Center on state Route 7.

The show has been held for more than 10 years, high school art teacher Keirsten Jennings said.

The building provides the best location for the community to see what the students are doing, she said.

"This is our way to say that the kids to great work and share it with the community," she said. There was an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The show runs through June 8.

"I love having it here," Jennings said. "FoxCare is always really gracious" in giving the students the space they need. "It lets us reach a wide range of people and show them what the students do."

Middle school art teacher Claudia Koeppel said all the work of her students is high quality.

"I try to chose a variety that is representative of what students are learning," she said.

The works at the show range from drawings and paintings to sculptures and relief pieces.

Two seventh-grade friends were excited to have found their works on the display boards. Zoe Akers had two pictures, including one using cutout paper showing people in motion.

"I like people seeing it," she said. She was excited to have her work chosen. It makes her try her best in class, she said.

Aliya Sider had a black-and-white picture of a fish and a charcoal picture of a bone.

"It's an honor to be picked," she said.

Eighth-grader Kendall Gillette had an abstract self-portrait on display.

"It's kind of cool," having her artwork chosen, she said. "It's encouraging."

Greater Plains and Center Street art teacher Teresa Burr said she looks at the entire body of work from both schools in choosing pieces.

"It keeps students motivated" knowing their works might be chosen. It also gives the community a chance to see what is being done.

Keith Burnham was there to see the watercolor painting of his son, Greater Plains second-grader Jeremiah Burnham.

"It's a good idea" to have such a show, he said. His son has been looking forward it.

It makes art more exciting, Jeremiah said.

Heidi Buzzy has three children in Greater Plains who had their work on display. She said she thought the show was a great idea for parents and kids.

Other art teachers involved are Susan Morrell at the high school and Lee Ann Myers at Riverside and Valleyview schools.

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