West Linn students showcase their best art in Moonstruck

Twenty eight Advanced Placement artists from West Linn were selected to display their best work at Moonstruck Chocolate in Lake Oswego. The art shown was different in size, 2D mediums and subjects. The artwork will be displayed at Moonstruck until the first week of December.

“I decided to have the art displayed because it is a nice opportunity to show the students work,” Lynn Pass, art teacher, said.

For some students this was their first time having their artwork publicly displayed.

“It feels really good to have our art out there and the appreciation. For me to have people see my art is a big reward,” Julia Tatiyatrairong, senior, said.

Pass is friends with the owners of Moonstruck and thinks it is “a great place with delicious chocolates and nice wall space for showing art.”

The owners asked Pass if she would like to show some of her students art work at their store and she gladly accepted.

“As an art instructor, I feel it is important to show student art so that the public knows what talent is there and the importance of art in schools,” Pass said.

On Nov. 5 there was an art opening at Moonstruck for artists along with their friends and family. The café was packed with people of all ages sampling chocolates and looking at the art displayed on the walls.

“I worked a long time on the piece I chose [to display],”  Maxwell Gage, senior, said “It’s a little weird that people I don’t know see my art and it kind of creeps me out.”

Gage and Tatiyatrairong are three of the 28 students whose artwork was selected to be displayed. This was Gage’s first time having artwork publicly displayed.

Pass would do something like this again in the future if the opportunity arises.

“Art, to me, is visual communication,” Pass said.