REXBURG — Eastern Idaho’s youngest budding artists have a unique opportunity to share their work to benefit an early childhood education center in Rexburg.
Kearis Ochs is the owner of Whole Child Early Education. The nonprofit daycare and preschool are run from his home, but Ochs is in the process of opening a new center in downtown Rexburg, hopefully by the end of April.
“We’ve been working on an expansion project to get into a bigger building so we can take in more kids,” Ochs said.
As a fun and creative way to raise funds for the new center, Whole Child will host an art gallery and auction, full of creations from eastern Idaho’s youngest artists. The event is scheduled for Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Avenues Event Center, 859 S. Yellowstone Highway in Rexburg. Admission is $8 for adults and $2 for children. Formal dress is encouraged but not required.
“It’s going to be a classy event – A chance for people to dress up,” Ochs said. “There will be live music, drinks and Crumbl cookies, and people can walk around and see the kids’ art and a little biography with each piece.”
Participants will be able to bid on the artwork, with proceeds going towards the school’s new building and start-up costs.
“Whoever wins the auction can take it and display it in their business or their home, or wherever they want,” Ochs said.
In preparation for the gallery, Whole Child will be accepting art submissions from children ages 0-12. All artistic mediums are welcome (drawings, sculptures, photographs, paintings – even finger paints), and every child who enters a room will receive a treat. The artist whose work sells for the most money will win a gift certificate to Splatter Lab in Rexburg.
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Artwork submissions for the gallery can be delivered to Ochs at 728 S. 5th West in Rexburg, or to Mr. Ochs’ class at Central Elementary School, 102 Park Avenue, Sugar City. Submissions can be submitted any time before Monday’s event.
If you’d rather the kids do their creative messes somewhere else, Whole Child will also be hosting an art class on Saturday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rexburg Arts Center, 155 East Second North, Rexburg. The cost is $25 for a child and a parent and $10 for each additional child. They will complete three projects and serve pizza, and art created in the classroom may be submitted to the gallery and auction.
For more information about Whole Child Early Education or their upcoming events, contact Ochs at (208) 847-1321.