BIG RAPIDS — Mother Nature brought northern Michigan a little sunshine this weekend, brightening up an already beautiful canvas of white snow.

Art is found in even the simplest parts of life.

Families, friends and students gathered at Artworks in Big Rapids to check out the 23rd Annual Art Attack, an exhibit full of amazing works of art.

The artists who created these masterpieces were students from schools throughout Mecosta and Osceola counties.

Art classes in many schools have been on the chopping block when budget time rolls around.  Fortunately, some of our area schools are able to keep art as part of the curriculum, even if it is just in the older grades of middle school and high school, allowing students to be exposed to the wonders of using their creativity. Vicki Krantz and Amy Maguire currently teach the art classes in the Reed City Middle and High Schools, taking students on a journey to discover the artist that lives within them.

“I love seeing the raw talent these kids have and what they can create. They have so much pride in what they accomplish” said Maguire. She explained she has actually had some of her students all through middle school and high school due to position changes.

“ I love hearing about the pieces they’ve made in my classes from back when they were younger and that they have kept them all these years.”

Evart Middle and High School teacher, Jenneke Eichelberger, also expresses the joy she gets from bringing art to her students. “They are free to express themselves in art. It’s a class where everyone can succeed, even if they may not have been successful in something else. “

The Artworks gallery is full of a variety of art forms including pencil drawings, acrylic paintings, sculptures, and other very unique pieces.  Everything is beautifully displayed, with the help of Artworks volunteers and art instructors, and is available for viewing through April 12.

Explore the world through the eyes of youth and enjoy the masterpieces their imaginations have created.