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South Mt. H. S. art exhibition at Burton Barr Library, a MUST SEE!!!!!!

"ArtTells a Story"
South Mountain High School students and mentoring artists

THE CULTURAL ARTS COALITION WANTS TO ESPECIALLY RECOGNIZE JANET BROYLES, JEWELRY/FIBER ARTS AND COMPUTER ARTS INSTRUCTOR, WHO HAS ALSO COORDINATED THE EXHIBITION OF THESE STUDENTS' ARTWORKS IN PUBLIC SPACES FOR ALL OF US TO ENJOY.


A collector of student artwork examines one of professional artist, Christy Puetz's "Beaded Hats of Protection".

For the past 2 years (2004 2006), South Mountain High School has received major funding to support an integrated arts program that addresses two immediate educational goals---to improve standardized student test scores and to enrich instruction in the classroom. This funding was provided by the Arizona Department of Education Comprehensive School Reform program.


Annie Lopez, professional artist and a long time community engagement for arts and culture advocate.

As a magnet school for the arts, South Mountain High School teachers formed a Core Committee to create the "Art Tells a Story" concept that addresses the above goals. "Art Tells a Story" is an integrated program crossing the disciplines of writing, history, communications, science and dance. Visual arts disciplines included are Art, Drawing/Painting, Photography, Computer Art, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Jewelry & Fiber Arts. Thanks to the SMHS Core Committee includes:

Cathy Ballman (government)
Janet Broyles (jewelry/fiber arts; computer art)
Cathy Cimellaro (computer art)
Charlie Diaz (history)
Tom Eldridge (communications)
Susan Griffin (dance)
Marjorie Hannah (English, yearbook)
Susan Janke-Leon (ESL)
Jeff Kunes (art, drawing/painting)
Sebastiao Pereira (drawing/painting)
Mike Prepsky (ceramics, photography)
Susan Rawdin (photography)
George Reiley (art, sculpture)
Becky Sachse (art, photography)
Tina Smith (English)


The Ceramic books created by the students in honor of the importance of literature.

Stories have been told by students, teachers, family members, and local artists, using writing, speech, visual imagery, movement, and communications. Outcomes have been writings, books/journals, visuals, videotapes, audiotapes, mixed-media installations, science projects and dance. Students have built their reading, writing, critical thinking, and presentation skills. They have studied the work and lives of well-known master artists as well as local contemporary artists.


George Reiley sculpture teacher with Joe Willie Smith, professional artist who worked with Reiley's students.

This "Art Tells A Story" exhibit includes the work of South Mountain students and mentoring artists-in-residence. Artists who participated in this program are:

Ron Bimrose
Will Bruder
Fatimah Halim
Linda Ingraham
Annie Lopez
Martine Moreno
Gabby Munoz
Carol Panaro-Smith
Christy Puetz
Dane Reiley
Nathan Redwood
Randy Schmidt
Joe Willie Smith
Leandro Soto
Marilyn Szabo
Steven Yazzie


Michael Prepsky, Ceramic teacher at South Mt. H.S.

This exhibit was made possible by the Arizona Department of Education, Phoenix Union High School District, South Mountain High School Administration, SMHS Core Committee for this CSR Grant, SMHS Visual Arts Department, and @Central Gallery/Burton Barr Central Library. Special thanks to Lynn Tuttle, Joan Mason, Jodie Baker, Priscilla Ruiz, Scott Gayman, and Prudence Crosswhite.

THE EXHIBITION CAN BE VIEWED DURING REGULAR LIBRARY HOURS UNTIL DECEMBER 28TH


Artwork created in George Reiley's sculpture class and Janet Broyles Fiber arts class.