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Students share art with the community


The Wyoming Wolves are spreading their artistic purple flair across town.

Wyoming High School students’ art, such as this piece by Monesha Sandifer, is being showcased in area businesses

Local businesses are showcasing the art of Wyoming High School students as part of a new program, “Paint the Town Purple.”

Ten National Arts Honor Society students created two-dimensional pieces for the project, with business representatives paying $100 to hang the art at their business for one year. Proceeds will support National Arts Honor Society materials and field trips.

“When people come into these businesses and see the artwork, we automatically get a little bit of recognition. The students get recognized,” said art teacher Robyn Higley.

Artist Aliyah Rivera said the community support is appreciated. “It’s really nice that we found businesses that want to have student art portrayed,” she said.

Senior Jeni Pablo-Pablo works on a sign for the program

Art lovers can check out the work at the following businesses:

  • Marge’s Donut Den, 751 28th St. SW
  • Lindo Mexico, 1742 28th St. SW
  • Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan, 678 Front Ave.
  • Steve’s Antique Auto Repair, 1803 Farragut St. SW
  • Lamar Hair Studio, 2405 Porter St. SW
  • Brann’s, 4157 South Division Ave.
  • Rich Wadsworth Edward Jones, 1851 44th St. SW

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Paint the Town Purple

Business representatives chose from several student pieces

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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