Tulsa World

Student artists spread their wings

Their butterfly art projects will be on display before and during Mayfest.

- BY ANDREA EGER

Tulsa Internatio­nal Mayfest doesn’t just bring out profession­al artists. It also brings out the art inside of kids.

For the second straight year, Mayfest’s outreach to children in Tulsa includes students at Hawthorne Elementary School, who lost their art teacher to budget cuts two years ago.

Through a special twomonth afterschoo­l program, fifth- and sixth-graders at Hawthorne, 1105 E. 33rd Street North, have been exploring the life cycle and ecological threats to the monarch butterfly through art.

Also sponsored by WPX Energy, the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa and Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative, the program has brought resident artists in to help students create unique art pieces that will be displayed in a special Mayfest gallery.

Among a host of butterfly paintings will be sixth-grader Chaynetria Ray’s painting of a caterpilla­r that has not yet become a monarch.

She opted for something different “because of the face on it — I thought I would make it look happy. Happy about getting ready to travel.”

Resident artist Lauren “Rainbow” Lunsford has been teaching the Hawthorne students about the decline of monarch butterflie­s throughout North America because of habitat loss from developmen­t, farming practices, invasive species competitio­n and the overuse of pesticides and herbicides.

Students painted clay pots and planted milkweed plants, which provide nectar and pollen not only for monarchs but other types of butterflie­s and other pollinator­s like bumblebees, beetles and moths.

Visitors to the student gallery can pick up milkweed seeds to help create homes for monarchs in their own gardens.

“We recommend that all visitors to Mayfest make sure and check out the gallery,” said Heather Pingry, executive director at Tulsa Internatio­nal Mayfest. “It’s exciting to see the work the children can create when given the opportunit­y.”

Andrea Eger 918-581-8470

 ?? Photos by CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World ?? Hawthorne Elementary School fifth-grader Cameron Lucas, 11, is assisted by Arts & Humanities Council art teacher Lauren Lunsford, aka “Miss Rainbow,” as he finishes an art project that will be on display at the Downtown YMCA, promoted by Mayfest.
Photos by CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World Hawthorne Elementary School fifth-grader Cameron Lucas, 11, is assisted by Arts & Humanities Council art teacher Lauren Lunsford, aka “Miss Rainbow,” as he finishes an art project that will be on display at the Downtown YMCA, promoted by Mayfest.
 ??  ?? Hawthorne Elementary School fifth-grader Dymond Ray, 10, finishes an art project Wednesday.
Hawthorne Elementary School fifth-grader Dymond Ray, 10, finishes an art project Wednesday.

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