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Painter Ken Requard works with Olivia Rodriguez, 13, on her pastel painting. 

Spread across 22 chalk paintings are the stories of real people — personality profiles created by Wrightson Ridge middle school students as part of an art project.

Students interview people, taking details from their lives to explore a new medium of pastel chalks. They gathered notes and photos related to their subject’s life to tell a story through visual art.

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A group of students in Rebecca Oravec's art enrichment class stand with painter Ken Requard and display their finished works. 

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A painting by Rebecca Oravec to thank Ken Requard. 

Jamie Verwys | 520-547-9728


Reporter Jamie Verwys grew up in Sahuarita and graduated from the high school in 2006. She lives in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2018.

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