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‘Floor to ceiling’ student art highlight Nicolaysen’s Art Walk event

Verda James student Hayley Mesecher, 12, poses as her father Nick Mesecher snaps a photo during the Casper Art Walk on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Fifth-grade art students from the Natrona County School District are featured in the Nic’s main gallery. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Thursday’s Casper Art Walk will bursting with local creativity, thanks mostly to Natrona County School fifth grade and high school artists.

Every fifth-grader in the county — over 1,000 of them — submitted art to the Nicolaysen Art Museum for the exhibit. It’s the third year the Nic has showcased fifth grade art, according to executive director Ann Ruble.

“It’s one of our favorite shows of the year,” said Ruble.

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“From floor to ceiling, on movable walls…there’s art everywhere. It’s really cool what some of these teachers and students are doing.”

Along with the fifth-graders, county high schoolers are also showcased in part of the museum.

“Every year it blows me away, the level of professionalism those kids already have,” said Ruble on the high school art.

Entry fees are waved during student art exhibits, which helps expose more people to art according to Ruble.

“I love the fact that we can make art accessible to all these families,” said Ruble. “For a lot of kids and their families this will be the first time they’ve ever come to the museum.”

Casper Art Walk on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Nic in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Ruble says as arts funding in school budgets continue to be chipped away, it becomes more important for community arts to fill the gap.

“The next Picasso could be in this group,” said Ruble, “and how cool would it be for them to say ‘my first show was at the Nic when I was in fifth grade.'”

The Nicolaysen Art Museum’s Art Walk reception runs from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served.