Multi-media art by 3- to 6-year-olds from Little Star Montessori School is featured in a new exhibit at the Spartan Art Project at TwispWorks.

Art teacher Matt Armbrust worked with the kids to create the colorful, abstract pieces, which, at several feet across, are as big as the young artists.

An art professor of Armbrust’s took the time to analyze the creative output of the budding artists. Ellen Avitts, an associate professor of art history at Central Washington University, noted that, unlike the work of formally trained painters, here “there is no straining to be spontaneous. There is no conscious effort to free line from object. In these works, one sees the joy of making a mark, the energy of line, the boldness of color without the retention of academic content.”

“The students who created the works on display have found a way to be themselves in their art,” wrote Avitts.

The exhibit runs from Wednesday (June 13) through July 4. The art gallery, housed in a vintage trailer on the TwispWorks campus, will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is an opening reception on June 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with appetizers and live music. The art is for sale; proceeds benefit Little Star.