Monarch butterfly artwork created by Union S.T.E.M. and Demonstration School students will be on display to the public in downtown Gallatin this weekend ahead of the school’s annual butterfly launch later this month.
The Union S.T.E.M. Art Show on the Square, featuring artwork from 54 students from kindergarten through fifth grade, will take place Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Tennessee Honey Boutique and Timeless Treasures.
“The students are really excited and kind of feel like they’re a superstar since they get to have their art somewhere other people are going to see it besides just the people in our school,” Union Art Instructor Quinton Creasy said about the display. “They’re proud to show off what they have created and that it will be in a store.”
Students in each grade level spent approximately three weeks creating the artwork, which depicts different stages of the monarch butterfly’s life starting with the milkweed plant where its eggs are laid.
The art was then framed and will be put on display throughout the two downtown businesses along with each student’s name, grade level and home room teacher.
“There will also be a little informational sheet that explains the stage of the monarch’s life cycle along with each section of artwork,” Creasy added.
The art display will take place one week before Union’s annual Monarch in the Park butterfly launch at Triple Creek Park on Sept. 27.
Last year, approximately 300 monarch butterflies were released during the program. From there, the butterflies will travel south approximately 1,600 miles to Mexico. The entire journey takes about one month to complete.
School officials and downtown merchants say they hope to bring more art shows from other area schools to the square in the future.
“This is such a positive thing that is made even more special because the artwork was created by kids in our community,” Historic Downtown Gallatin Executive Director Donna Belote said about the display. “Plus, when you’re done you can walk around, grab something to eat and see what all our downtown merchants have to offer.”