Student-designed shirts to benefit Fly Gulch Schoolhouse restoration |

Student-designed shirts to benefit Fly Gulch Schoolhouse restoration

Teresa Ristow

— The multi-year project of restoring the Fly Gulch Schoolhouse will receive its latest boost March 3 during a T-shirt printing party fundraiser at Ohana's downtown store.

Strawberry Park Elementary art teacher Erin Kries worked with store owners Luke and Emily Dudley to hold a student artwork contest, with the winning art to be used for a Fly Gulch Schoolhouse shirt.

The store will donate $10 from each shirt sale to the schoolhouse restoration project.

The 1917 schoolhouse and teacherage buildings are being restored with the help of grant funding and the determination of Strawberry Park Elementary teachers Anna White and Lisa Adams.

When completed in the spring, the buildings will house a historic timeline and be used as a teaching tool for students.

Kreis said she thought students could benefit from drawing the buildings, and soon, the idea morphed into a contest, which was ultimately won by fifth-grader Tanner Stewart.

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"I thought it would be fun for students to learn about the architecture of the school house and spend time outside drawing," Kries said. "By the end of the school year, each grade level will have had the opportunity to draw the schoolhouse."

Students in third through fifth grade have already drawn the schoolhouse, and their artwork was reviewed by the Dudleys to determine which would translate best to a shirt.

The artwork of Tanner, who is 10, had good proportions and clean lines that would work well transferred to fabric, Emily Dudley said.

"There were a bunch that were really great," said Dudley, who opened the store in December 2015.

Tanner, who enjoys art, said he was excited to learn he'd won the contest.

"I thought it was a big accomplishment," he said.

Earlier this month, Tanner visited Ohana to learn about printmaking and see how his artwork would be transferred to shirts.

"I learned a lot," he said.

The shirts will be printed live from 4 to 7 p.m. March 3 during the printmaking party.

Dudley said live printmaking parties benefitting local nonprofits and other groups have become an ongoing tradition at Ohana.

Other printmaking parties have produced custom-designed shirts for groups including Partners in Routt County, Routt County Council on Aging, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and others.

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