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Student art showcased at Colorado Association of School Boards

MESA student artist honored at CASB

Marlene with BoardMarlene I. can trace her love of art all the way back to the days of preschool finger paints. 

“I’ve always liked art,” said Marlene, a sophomore at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts. “When I went to kindergarten, I loved the coloring assignments, and it’s just grown from there.”  

Marlene’s love for art matches her talent. Her piece, “Family,” was selected to be showcased at the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) annual convention this week in Colorado Springs. Her art was one of just a handful of pieces chosen from hundreds of submissions from around the state to be displayed in the Convention Hall throughout the 3-day event.  

The piece, which also won first place in her grade level in Mapleton’s district art show last year, is a combination of two pictures that are significant to Marlene – an owl and a crow – done in pencil.

“My mom is like the owl, because she is wise and strong, and I look up to her a lot,” said Marlene.  

Marlene will travel with her family to the CASB convention on Friday to be honored for her piece during a special luncheon with Mapleton’s Board of Education and members of the executive team.  

In art class, she is currently working on a mandala based on nature to signify where she finds peace. After graduation, she hopes to become a tattoo artist so she can continue to do what she loves.  

Congratulations, Marlene!