Pahrump Students Paint Different Cultures


Animal art pieces created by elementary students displayed on the "Glass Room" walls.

Karley Broadhead, Journalist

Two art pieces created by Holulani Keanaaina and Ruby Rodriguez displayed on the library panels.


Pahrump, Nevada. Not much comes to mind besides dirt, dirt, and more dirt. It is very typical to believe that inhabitants of this little town are not very intelligent, let alone culturally aware.

Freshman McKenna Abbiss’ “Homecoming” artwork displayed on the library panels.

   The artwork displayed in the library at Pahrump Valley High School proves otherwise.

  For the past four years, Art teacher Mrs. Dabrowski has prepared displays in the library supporting a different culture. This has included Italian, Mexican, Dutch, and now French.

  “We are trying to broaden people’s knowledge of different art cultures,” Dabrowski says.

  Each art student has contributed their own pieces to this event. The displays include work from elementary schools J.G. Johnson, Manse, and Floyd as well as PVHS.

  Malena Johnson, and aide for Mrs. Dabrowski, is one of the few students who has been setting up for the event.

  “For just myself, [set-up] took about a week,” Johnson says. “My favorite part was setting up the artwork in the glass room.” The artwork is attached to panels, walls, and even the ceiling.

  Pieces from high school students are typically displayed throughout the entire year on the library panels, and each arrangement applies to a general theme. Currently, the panels contain cultural self portraits, homecoming sketches, abstract art, and visually enamoring scenes.

  During conferences on October 18, the displays were open to those attending, and the Art students served food in the culinary room.

Two art pieces displayed on the library panels created by Kerigan Claiborne and Jade Harvey.

   This includes freshman McKenna Abbiss. Although she has four pieces displayed on the panels, Abbiss has created one piece specifically for the French theme.

  Both students and teachers were invited to attend the event during conferences on October 18. The event was a major success, and, once again, the students at PVHS proved that they do not follow the typical stereotype of people living in Pahrump, Nevada.