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Visitors check out artwork at the opening night of the DODEA art show in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 3, 2018. The exhibit at the city hall runs through the end of May.
Visitors check out artwork at the opening night of the DODEA art show in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 3, 2018. The exhibit at the city hall runs through the end of May. (Jennifer Svan/Stars and Stripes)
Visitors check out artwork at the opening night of the DODEA art show in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 3, 2018. The exhibit at the city hall runs through the end of May.
Visitors check out artwork at the opening night of the DODEA art show in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 3, 2018. The exhibit at the city hall runs through the end of May. (Jennifer Svan/Stars and Stripes)
Brooklynn Wilson, a third-grader at Hainerberg Elementary School in Germany, and Jennifer McPhail-Hastings, president of the Overseas Art Education Association, look at Brooklynn's art on Thursday, May 3, 2018, during the opening night of the DODEA art exhibit in Kaiserslautern.
Brooklynn Wilson, a third-grader at Hainerberg Elementary School in Germany, and Jennifer McPhail-Hastings, president of the Overseas Art Education Association, look at Brooklynn's art on Thursday, May 3, 2018, during the opening night of the DODEA art exhibit in Kaiserslautern. (Jennifer Svan/Stars and Stripes)
Ceramic cupcakes were among the works of art on display Thursday, May 3, 2018, during the opening night of the DODEA art exhibit at Kaiserslautern city hall in Germany.
Ceramic cupcakes were among the works of art on display Thursday, May 3, 2018, during the opening night of the DODEA art exhibit at Kaiserslautern city hall in Germany. (Jennifer Svan/Stars and Stripes)
Griffin Feldt, a fifth-grader at Landstuhl Elementary-Middle School in Germany, stands by his cupcake made by air-drying clay. Feldt and other student artists attended the opening night of the annual DODEA art exhibit on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern city hall. The show runs through the end of the month.
Griffin Feldt, a fifth-grader at Landstuhl Elementary-Middle School in Germany, stands by his cupcake made by air-drying clay. Feldt and other student artists attended the opening night of the annual DODEA art exhibit on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern city hall. The show runs through the end of the month. (Jennifer Svan/Stars and Stripes)
Flowers done in color pencil by students at Kaiserslautern Middle School are among the works of art on display at the DODEA art exhibit through the end of May at Kaiserslautern city hall in Germany.
Flowers done in color pencil by students at Kaiserslautern Middle School are among the works of art on display at the DODEA art exhibit through the end of May at Kaiserslautern city hall in Germany. (Jennifer Svan/Stars and Stripes)
A pet portrait done in pencil is among the works of art by DODEA students currently on display through the end of May at Kaiserslautern city hall in Germany.
A pet portrait done in pencil is among the works of art by DODEA students currently on display through the end of May at Kaiserslautern city hall in Germany. (Jennifer Svan/Stars and Stripes)
Sara Ligon, a third-grader at Hainerberg Elementary School in Germany, looks at her color pencil artwork on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Ligon's work was part of the DODEA art exhibit in city hall, featuring art from six DODEA schools in neighboring communities.
Sara Ligon, a third-grader at Hainerberg Elementary School in Germany, looks at her color pencil artwork on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Ligon's work was part of the DODEA art exhibit in city hall, featuring art from six DODEA schools in neighboring communities. ()
Kayra Russo, a fourth-grader at Landstuhl Elementary-Middle School in Germany, kneels by her artwork called, ''The Dot,'' on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Kayra Russo, a fourth-grader at Landstuhl Elementary-Middle School in Germany, kneels by her artwork called, ''The Dot,'' on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)
Visitors mingle at the opening night of the DODEA art exhibit on May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The show runs through the end of May at Kaiserslautern city hall.
Visitors mingle at the opening night of the DODEA art exhibit on May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The show runs through the end of May at Kaiserslautern city hall. ()
Even kindergartners had art on display at the DODEA art exhibit that opened on May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern city hall in Germany. This mixed media owl was done by Liam Amaya of Landstuhl Elementary-Middle School.
Even kindergartners had art on display at the DODEA art exhibit that opened on May 3, 2018, in Kaiserslautern city hall in Germany. This mixed media owl was done by Liam Amaya of Landstuhl Elementary-Middle School. ()

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Sara Ligon likes things from nature, and when she created her latest work in art class at her military base school, she let her imagination loose.

Using color pencils to draw what she calls “Nature’s Way of Life,” she sketched a ski lift among puffy mountains, a treehouse and “kind fish” in a brook. A giant rainbow arches across the sky in a palette of colors, including black and brown.

“I’m not sure what colors the rainbow are, so I just went random,” the Hainerberg Elementary School third-grader said Thursday at the opening night of “Art Brings Us Together” at Kaiserslautern city hall.

The exhibit features watercolors, mixed-media works, photographs, pencil drawings, ceramics and other kinds of art from six Defense Department schools in the Kaiserslautern, Baumholder and Wiesbaden communities.

The annual Department of Defense Education Activity art show is hosted by the Atlantic Academy in cooperation with the Overseas Art Education Association, the German-American Community Office and the state initiative “Welcome to Rheinland-Pfalz,” officials said.

Displaying artwork of American students in a place accessible to the German public is part of an ongoing effort to bring the German and American communities together, organizers said.

The parents of the featured artists may have been the most excited about the exhibition.

“It’s awesome to see her work here,” said Adrienne Wilson about her daughter, Brooklynn Wilson, a third-grader at Hainerberg. With her mother at her side, Brooklynn beamed at her marker-and-crayon anime-style drawing that she titled, “Prom Night Love,” based on an episode of her favorite TV show, the Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie.”

The exhibit will run through the end of May. City hall is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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