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Young artists leave a legacy at the Baker Early Learning Center

April 18—Kindergarten children are very particular about their colors.

Especially when their masterpieces will be preserved, for years to come, on the wall of their school.

On Tuesday, April 12, Penelope Sanchez carefully placed tiny red “P”-shaped tiles, then surrounded them with black.

Then she holds up her masterpiece.

“I chose vampire colors,” she said with a smile.

His kindergarten classmate Silas Roberts made his “S” in blue, circled in red.

“Like Superman!” he said.

This month, under the direction of volunteer Andrea Stone, kindergarten classes at the Baker Early Learning Center created individual tiles featuring the first letter of their name.

Stone worked with BELC staff to design the project. The base is a type of mesh, which is glued to a piece of cardboard. Each child’s letter was underlined in marker.

After each student chose their colors — a very difficult decision, in most cases — Stone dropped dollops of letter-shaped caulk.

Even the caulking tube was exciting on this cold spring day.

” It’s huge ! Roberts said.

Once each child has completed a piece of art, Stone will arrange them all in one piece with a metal frame and weatherproof it. It will be installed on the east side of BELC, next to the mosaic created by the kindergartens last year.

Angela Lattin, director of BELC, envisions years of mosaic designs decorating this wall.

“It’s a great way for kids to leave a legacy behind,” she said.

Last year’s creation features a variety of hearts.

“Everyone needed a little more love last year,” she said.

The style of these mosaic creations is the same as those located in downtown Baker City along the one-way section of Broadway Street, which were made by the art students of Baker High School with the Stone’s help.

Over the years — she doesn’t know how many — Stone has worked on art projects with students from BHS, Haines, Keating and YMCA Preschool.

The most recent at BELC, she says, is a good group project.

“It’s like a community quilt,” she said.