Artwork from elementary and high school students will hang in a Denham Springs art gallery in June, thanks to a partnership between the Arts Council of Livingston Parish and Livingston Parish School Board’s Talented Arts program.

The works of talented art students in fourth through 12th grades will be displayed for a monthlong exhibit of student artwork starting June 1, said Jill Rabalais, Talented Arts program teacher for the school system.

“There are 50 works in the show so far, but there will probably be more before the show starts,” Rabalais said. “It’s their best work of the year, but they also had some input and got to choose their favorites,” she said.

It’s the first time the council and the program have partnered together to bring student work to the gallery, she said.

“I did a solo show at Livingston Parish Arts Council earlier, and while I was there working on that, they said, ‘Why don’t you get your art students in here?’ ” she said.

“It was a weak moment, I guess,” she laughed. “It’s made the end of the year very busy for the art teachers.”

But, she said, it’s a great opportunity to give the students some exposure and, perhaps, some cash.

“Students decide if they want to sell their pieces and for how much,” she said.

Talented Arts students must go through an evaluation process in order to get into the program, Rabalais said, after which they meet twice a week in art class in lieu of physical education or some other elective.

The show is the culmination of their year of work, she said.

“I push them,” she said. The work, she said, is impressive.

Students in the TAP from Live Oak High, Freshwater Elementary, Denham Springs Elementary, Southside Elementary and Northside Elementary will be represented.

For more information, visit the council’s website,, or call (225) 664-1168.

Visit the gallery at 133 N. Hummell St., Denham Springs.

It is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will run through the month of June, and the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on weekdays. Meet some of the artists at the Second Saturday Reception from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13.