Kids Art Exhibit

<p>Stacy and Nico Van Hoy</p>

Stacy and Nico Van Hoy

The Allied Arts Association hosted a children's art exhibit reception this weekend, where hundreds of kids are getting a chance to showcase their talents.

"We were just doing a lot of art work and it was really fun!" said Nico Van Hoy, one of 300 students who took part in summer classes at Allied Arts.

More than 200 kids attended their own reception throughout the day at the Richland art exhibit Sunday.

The works displayed are a culmination of seven weeks of efforts from about art students aged 7 through 15.

From drawing and watercolor to collage and sculpture, kids displayed their favorite pieces in the gallery for their friends and families to enjoy.

Allied Arts workshop coordinator Gail Roadhouse says with decreasing school budgets, it's even more important to give children other avenues of unleashing creative expression. "They don't get enough of it in school these days, so we offer it at the gallery and it helps these kids find creative outlets for themselves."

Pasco mom Stacy Van Hoy said it was a great way to get her son, Nico, into the creative spirit. "I wasn't aware that it existed and so I'm really glad that when I looked for summer activities for Nico, I found it."

The summer arts program has been a staple of the association for two decades.

You can catch the exhibit until August 23 at 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland.