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A special visitor

April 14, 2014 - Jennifer Brookens
A recent class project for my daughter was to write to someone well-known. They had to write an actual letter (no e-mails) and snail mail it to the person they chose. When my daughter chose her "famous" person, she wanted someone that might actually respond back. So unlike her other classmates who chose celebrities and athlete stars, my daughter chose local artist J.D. Speltz, who is based in Armstrong. Speltz is not only a regionally-known artist, but also an art teacher at North Union High School.

Perhaps it helped that I'd talked to Speltz a few times regarding North Union stories, but a few weeks later, I got a call from him at the office. He was willing to meet with my daughter to answer her list of questions she had sent. Once I told her teacher, she asked, "Do you think there's any way he might be willing to talk to the whole class?!" Knowing he was a teacher as well, I knew it'd be tough. But we lucked out last week. Not only did the whole class get to meet and get to know a wonderful local artist, he brought prints of some of his artwork for each child in the class. And being a teacher, he was great in talking with the fourth-graders explaining some art concepts and fundamentals, and they all listened intently.

My daughter selected Speltz because she loves drawing and painting, and hopes she can be a designer or interior decorator someday. Whether she will continue to pursue this or go in a different direction, only time will tell. But I know that visit last week made a lasting positive impression on my budding artist. So I want to say thank you to J.D. Speltz for taking time to chat with a fourth-grade class last week. And chances are, I have someone who is really interested in taking some of your future art classes!


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J.D. Speltz spent some time talking to a fourth-grade class at Fairmont Elementary last week.