Since 1969, the National PTA Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film and special artist categories. During the Month of March, which also happens to be Youth Art Month, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is honored to have the walls of Galleria Valéncia adorned with all of the Minnesota state winners visual arts division of the 2017 PTA Reflections program.

This year’s theme was “What’s Your Story?” and the artwork displayed is from students in grades K-12. Out 100’s of entries, 50 winners were selected between the different divisions. Outstanding level entries have advances to the National PTA in Washington D.C. for national level judging which is currently underway, winners will be announced in April.  Award-winning pieces are displayed including six Winona area students; Bluffview Montessori student: Julia Windley Daoust (3rd place Photography, Middle School),  W-K Elementary students: Salome Tovaisas (3rd place, Literature, Intermediate), Mya Brand (2nd place, Photography, Intermediate), Sawyer Lopsch (3rd place Photography, Intermediate), and Pippa Serleth (3rd place, Visual Arts, Intermediate), Goodview Elementary Students: Harper Klug (1st place Visual Arts, Primary) and Delainee Gilligan (3rd place, Visual Arts, Primary) and Winona Senior High Students: Grace Going (1st place, Visual Arts, High School), Irene Guillen (2nd place, Visual Arts, High School). Additionally, other entries from Winona area students in both the visual arts and photography divisions are on display for all to enjoy.

This gallery exhibit is free and open to the public now through March 31st during office hours and while classes are in session. A special reception for area Reflection artists and their families will be held on March 23rd at 6:30pm in the MCA Recital Hall. MCA is located inside the Valencia Arts Center at 1164 W. Howard Street at the corner of Vila in Winona. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guestbook, so that the young artists know who attended the show. For more information about the National PTA Reflections program and Minnesota PTA visit: www.mnpta.org . For more information about MCA visit: www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org.