Varied colors mingle in a host of media, some jumping out with meaning and others subtly powerful. There are humorous images, fearful subjects, outrageous and amazing works to see.

The show at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center opened Monday to about 600 people flowing through the rows of paintings, sculptures and mixed media divided by campus.

Killeen Independent School District student tours will continue through Friday. The public is welcome to visit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, and all are welcome to see the student art and many other offerings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Take 190 West Arts Festival.

Popular as any of the eye-catching work wASa series of portraits in the Harker Heights High School section.

Art teacher Kristi Bernstein said she assigned students to create a self-portrait using something unusual as a main medium.

One self-portrait was made with Skittles candy.

Sheila Donahue, the Killeen ISD fine arts director, said the teachers work hard to bring out the best in their students. Looking around Monday, she said, “The quality of art and attendance improves every year.”

Peebles Elementary School third-grader Jordan Washington toured the show with her peers Tuesday.

“I love it that it’s all different,” she said. “There are different cultures and different colors and different inspirement.”

Peebles fifth-grader Jesse Cabrera pointed out his clay sculpture, which was supposed to be something that could hold something else. He formed a car out of clay.

“This is my first time here,” he said. “I’ve never seen such good art.”

Peebles fifth-grader Feyrah Melendez pointed out a weaving sample she made. “I like that it’s my own,” she said. “I created it. I think the students here are really talented. Every school has a lot of talent.”

During their tour, Smith eighth-graders Kaitlyn Weatherall and Ashley Haskell expressed similar joy at basking in the ocean of art.

“I love to see all the art and the designs,” Weatherall said. She pointed out a picture carved out of a black background. “Look how shiny it is and the detail,” she said.

“I like the different ideas and styles I get to see,” Haskell said. “I get inspired to try it. When we create our own art, we can express our emotions.”

The festival Saturday will include the student artwork, as well as a host of authors and other adult artists inside the conference center and sculptors working in a tent outside the center.

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