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Garden Walk features Gering high school artist
May 27, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Committee members of the Theatre West 24th Garden Walk asked Gering High School Art IV students to submit drawings of flowers to promote this year’s event.

One drawing caught their attention.

Gering graduate Devan Hawkins, who usually draws people, decided to practice on still life, including flowers. She made the most of an exercise assigned by her art instructor Ryan Bosche.

Committee members chose Hawkins’ sketch of a clematis flower to be featured on tickets, posters, and T-shirts for the Garden Walk.

Hawkins said she had the sketch tucked away in her portfolio.
When she heard about the request for entries, she decided to see what others thought of her work. The board gave approving nods.

Board member Mary Winn said, “Gretchen Peters, one of our board members, usually creates the artwork for the event. This year she was so busy, we decided to have the high school art class submit their work.”

Aside from proving her artistic talent, Hawkins closed out her senior year as a member of the speech team. She also performed in the fall play and spring musical. In the fall, she’ll continue honing her artistic talents in visual communication at the University of Alaska at Anchorage.

Judy Chaloupka, who started the Theatre West summer reparatory program 25 years ago, thought a Garden Walk would be a great idea to support the program. It has since grown into a major fundraiser.

The Garden Walk is an opportunity for local residents to open their homes, and to show off unique landscapes, while supporting Theatre West.

This year’s Garden Walk is a self-guided Twilight Tour of several area homes in Scottsbluff, Gering and Terrytown. The walk features large and small yards, and everything in between.

The Garden Walk is set for June 26, Sunday, from 4-8 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, and $18 the day of the tour. Children 10 and younger are free. Tickets can be found at local garden centers. Or, check with Theatre West board members, or the box office. For information, call 308-635-6193.
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