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Elementary School Juried Youth Art Exhibition


2018 marks the 29th year that the Sioux City Art Center has coordinated a juried youth art exhibit.  The focus this year, which changes annually, was on elementary school students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade

3 students selected for Sioux City Art Center's Juried Youth Art Exhibition

            Each art teacher in the Siouxland area was encouraged to submit artwork for inclusion in the exhibition.  The criteria upon which the work was selected included individual creativity, personal expression, and excellence in workmanship.  The goal of this exhibition is to recognize the most outstanding art work done by Siouxland children.  

            A total of 440 2-D and 3-D art pieces were submitted from 27 teachers in thirty public and private schools throughout the region, with only 81of the submissions chosen for the exhibition.

            Gehlen Catholic is honored to have three works of art included in this exhibit.  Addison Embrey, first grade daughter of Stephen and Kelly Embrey, had her clay frame/fingerprint drawing accepted.  The title of her piece was “Missing a Tooth.”  Aurora Conrad, 4th grade daughter of Jesse and Amanda Conrad, had her chalk pastel drawing titled “Cat” picked for the exhibit.  Maile Narkon, 4th grade daughter of Mark and Tara Narkon, had her clay ice cream sundae titled “Topped with a Cherry” accepted for the exhibition. 

Mrs. Schlichte commented, “It is so gratifying to see these students’ work picked to be exhibited in a public place.  I applaud them for their outstanding creativity and craftsmanship.  This juried youth art exhibition is always a tough competition with many schools involved, so I am elated for these three young artists.”

Addison, Aurora, and Maile, along with the other award winners, received recognition on Sunday, February 18 during the Youth Art Exhibition opening reception.  The reception was held from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Sioux City Art Center.  The Presentation of Awards started at 2:00 p.m.  All students participating in the exhibition received a certificate of artistic achievement and the place winners were recognized.   The reception was open to the public; students, families, and friends were strongly encouraged to attend.

Debra Marqusee, Sioux City Art Center education coordinator, commented, “I find the art of these young students so refreshing!  With the guidance of their instructors, the artwork is honest, from the heart, and sure to put a smile on people's faces.”  The exhibition runs through April 8.

Jeff Augustine -2018 Ice Cream Days Logo Winner

A school project that just happens to involve one of your favorite pasttimes. That’s how the story begins for Gehlen Catholic freshman Jeff Augustine of Le Mars.

Augustine is just one of many Gehlen students enrolled in an art class taught by K-12 Art Instructor Beth Schlichte.

Each year, Schlichte tasks the students with taking part in the Le Mars Ice Cream Days Logo Contest.

“In class, we discussed what a logo is, looked at several company logos and then began the process of defining what Ice Cream Days is all about before the students began creating their own logo that would define the event,” Schlichte said.

That homework assignment was right up Augustine’s alley, because after a day at school one of his favorite things to do is come home and enjoy a bowl of ice cream drizzled in chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream.

That special treat was just the inspiration Augustine needed for his contest entry.

The drawing will be integrated into all the marketing and promotions for the 2018 Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ice Cream Days which runs June 13-16.

“I’m very surprised to have my logo chosen, but very excited. It will be cool to see everyone wearing it on T-shirts,” he said.

Augustine will be riding in the Ice Cream Days parade sporting one of those shirts on Saturday, June 16, prior to competing in the 2018 J-Club Baseball Tournament.

“I would like to thank the chamber for picking my logo and thank Mrs. Schlichte for assiting me through the process,” Augustine said.

Gehlen Catholic Art Students Celebrate "Poppy Day"

Poppy poster winners
Poppy Day-- -
a day designated to honor the men and women who have served/are serving in the United States armed forces and fought so vigorously to keep our country freea day to pay special tribute to the red, the white and the bluea day we thank God for all of the freedoms with which we are so truly blessed.

Since 1921 the poppy has been the memorial flower of the American Legion Auxiliary. It was on the French battlefields that many poppies bloomed; it was here that it became a symbol of the tragedy of war and renewal of life following World War I. The red on the flower stands for courage and the green leaves remind us of the torn bodies. It was in the early 1920’s that the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars began selling poppies for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans. 

Poppy Week is usually observed as the week that ends on the Saturday before Memorial Day. However, Gehlen Catholic 6 th grade students learned about it earlier in the year as part of a unit on good poster design. In art class, they created posters to enter into the annual Le Mars American Legion Auxiliary Post #241 Poppy Poster Contest. The students were glad to show their support and express their gratitude to all veterans for the sacrifices they made and continue to make for our country.

The Legion Auxiliary members judged the 6 th grade posters using the following criteria: poster appeal (layout, message, and originality), artistic ability (design and color) and neatness. A total of 27 posters enteredwere  from Gehlen Catholic. Congratulations to the following winners from this year’s local contest: 

1st Josie Scheitler
Daughter of Toby and Mindy Scheitler
Tessa Ellensohn
Daughter of Eric and Nicki Ellensohn
2nd Corra Yockey
Daughter of Robert and Sharon Yockey
Addison Arens
Daughter of Jeff and Jackie Arens
3rd Leah Langel
Daughter of Mick and Tami Langel
Jasmine Lubben
Daughter of Daniel Lubben and Michelle Lubben

Josie’s poster received overall winner and will compete at the district contest in April. In May, many of the windows in the Le Mars business district will be decorated with these patriotic poppy posters. This is just a small way these young artists can pay tribute to our brave veterans.

Josie Scheitler Receives Top Honors in the Iowa
American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest

Poppy Poster winner 
Josie Scheitler, the 7th grade daughter of Toby and Mindy Scheitler, was recently
honored with first place in Class III in the Iowa Poppy Poster Contest (Class III
consists of students in grades 6 and 7). She initially created the poster for the Le
Mars American Legion Auxiliary Unit #241 local contest where she won first place.
The poster went on to win the District 9NW contest which is comprised of 13
counties in the state of Iowa and then won the state of Iowa contest in her age
Josie created her poster in her 6th grade art class. She depicted a military
cemetery at sunrise adorned with poppies and the battlefield cross (an arrangement
of a soldier’s boots, rifle, and helmet which is erected to show respect for fallen
servicemen). The slogan “Fallen But Not Forgotten” is neatly written near the top.
Scheitler stated, “Patriotism is important to my family & me. We should be proud
of this great country we live in. I wanted to honor our veterans for risking their
lives by fighting for the freedom I have today.”
Josie’s parents are also proud of the efforts she put in her poster. Mindy
commented, “We are happy her efforts were recognized. More importantly, we are
proud she was willing to put in the time & effort as a display of respect for our
veterans.  We hope she carries that respect & love for her country with her as she
The Le Mars American Legion Auxiliary Unit #241 sponsors the contest every year.
Mrs. Beth Tanhoff, American Legion Auxiliary President, stated, “Josie's poppy
poster evokes the symbol of the sacrifices made by Americans and allies around the
world. Today, almost a century later, the poppy remains a symbol of honor.”
Mrs. Cathy Popp is the poppy poster chairperson and Mrs. Beth (Langel, ‘78)
Schlichte is the Gehlen Catholic Art Instructor.

"Inspired By" Banner Art Contest


We are all inspired by something, someone, or some place in our livesso what inspires you? That was the question Mrs. Schlichte posed to the high school art students. Each student brainstormed ideas and came up with sketches of things that inspire them, and through a process of elimination, each decided on one to create on an 11 x 17” horizontal piece of paper. The decision of which media to use came next---paint or paper, pencil or crayon, ink or marker. Then students 'went to town' on their designs, each creating u

nique and interesting ways to fill the space. When finished, each poster was entered into the "Inspired By" banner art contest sponsored by the Le Mars Art Center, along with Old School Signs. 

The contest was open to people of all ages, not just students. There were a total of 43 entries that were put into six age categories. Two independent judges and the Le Mars Arts Council board members judged the entries on "how the piece would look on the banner, color was taken into consideration, and what was appealing to the eye," according to Judy Marienau, Art Center director. The judges also read the "Inspired By" state

ments submitted by the artists. Gehlen Catholic students received top honors in each category. Contest winners include TJ Kruse, 12th grade (son of Tim and Sherry Kruse), Cady McCallan, 11th grade (daughter of Alfred McCallan and Brenda McCallan), Daniel Rosenhauer, 10th grade (host son of Jeff and Jill Hansen), Wesley Li, 9th grade (host son of Nick Merrill and Patty DeVoss), Addison Arens, 5th grade (daughter of Jeff and Jackie Arens), and Maile Narkon, 2nd grade (daughter of Mark and Tara Narkon). "Oh my gosh, yes, it [judging]was really hard to decide!" exclaimed Marienau. "All of the entries were very inspiring, which made the judging extremely difficult."

The six winning entries will be featured on a large banner outside the Le Mars Arts Center, with three pieces on each side along with the artist's name and age. In addition, a smaller banner will be made for inside the Arts Center, which will feature the other entries in the contest. "It's amazing how good the artists are out there," stated Marienau. "We look forward to hosting this contest again next year. It was a lot of fun to see the different things that everyone was inspired by." 

The banner will be used for the next year with the artwork also showing up on social media and other promotional pieces for the Le Mars Art Center.

Youth on Main Street 

Youth on Main Street is sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Main Street program and the City of Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission.

Mission Statement: The mission of Youth on Main Street is to inspire and develop young citizens of the Le Mars area to be informed leaders committed to utilizing talents, diversity and creativity for the betterment of our community.

Goal: The goal is to educate, inform and empower the students about downtown Le Mars, the business community and its history and architecture. Each year's group will be expected to complete one tangible project in the downtown that will enhance the community.

Program Description:

Time commitment:

Once a month, from September to May, the group will meet for two hours at the Le Mars Chamber office for educational presentations, site visits or perform hands-on work in downtown.


Adult Coordinators: Rich Ziettlow and Becky Klohs

Code of Conduct:

Dress code: Wear attire appropriate to the activity.


Participants are strongly encouraged to attend every session. Two unexcused absences results in termination from the program. It is the participant's responsibility to inform the adult supervisors if they wilt be absent from an activity.


Youth on Main Street Celebration Spring 2016

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