Kimberleigh May had a nice surprise for the Leavenworth Times recently when she presented the staff with her unique art creation – a newspaper art canvas.

By RIMSIE McCONIGA
rmcconiga@leavenworthtimes.com


Kimberleigh May had a nice surprise for the Leavenworth Times recently when she presented the staff with her unique art creation – a newspaper art canvas.


When she opened a cabinet in her family’s house and discovered a cache of old newspapers tucked away, she decided to draw attention to them and the importance of keeping up on the news through her unique artistic skills by snipping stories, cartoons, classifieds, columns and obituaries and arranging them on a canvas which she then framed with the Leavenworth Times front-page logo.


“I think it’s important for people my age to read the newspaper so that they can get information that they might not know,” says Kimberleigh.
The eighth-grader attends Richard Warren Middle School. Although she loves art class, her newspaper collage project was not an assignment. It was purely inspired by free time at home.


“An idea that I was thinking of was to use the newspaper as a whole and then glue it onto the canvas,” says Kimberleigh.
She has always loved art and her favorite types of art are painting and oil pastels. She prefers painting over other types of art forms because she says she has more control and can shape and highlight the images with all types of colors.


“Some of my favorite artists are Billie Eilish and Queen in music,” says Kimberleigh. “One of my favorite paintings that I have ever saw is by my best friend, Kylie Franchuk. Every time I see it, it reminds me of her.”


For Kimberleigh, the secret to coming up with unique artistic works is taking her time and letting the creativity flow and come to her.
“My art teacher is Robert Caton, and he is one of the best art teachers I have ever had,” says Kimberleigh.


She looks forward to continuing her art education when she begins high school in the fall.
When she finishes college and enters the working world, she has her sights set on becoming an entrepreneur.


With her innovative newspaper art canvas she created to encourage young people to keep up on the news, she is already showing signs of an up-and-coming art entrepreneur. A blank canvas and a bunch of newspapers became not only a one-of-a-kind work of modern art, but also a concise statement on the power of information.


“It is important to create art,” says Kimberleigh. “It can spark joy and you can get a new perspective on something.”