Like many in his field, Jeff Stone leads a double life.
The art teacher at Valley High School in Gilcrest has worked for many years as a freelance graphic artist, designing logos and even illustrating books and graphic novels. It’s a balance he and many art educators often struggle to maintain among their dual professions.
Stone’s own works of art are on display this month at the Tointon Gallery at the Union Colony Civic Center as part of the gallery’s “Spark of Inspiration” exhibit. The exhibit features the work of 24 Weld County art teachers who teach kids from kindergarten to 12th grade.
The exhibit was put together by Ed Rogers, chairman of the City of Greeley Art Commission and Stone’s elementary school art teacher, to remind the community of the unique role art educators play in the classroom and the art community.
“I think the show validates a little bit what we do in class, too,” Stone said. “The kids get to see there’s art teachers that are really producing things and not just making a lesson plan to get through the day.”
“Spark of Inspiration: The Role of Artists as Teachers” features the works of 24 Weld County art educators. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Feb. 14 at the Tointon Gallery in the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave. in Greeley.