Throughout the month, people can see some of Milton-Freewater's trees with a bit more color than they may be used to.

Students at MacLoughlin High painted trees from the school's neighborhood in a style of painting called "Fauve," which is French for "wild beasts."

To complete their pieces, students sketch trees in the Mac-Hi neighborhood and chose sketches to enlarge and elaborate into full paintings.

"The quality of the work is outstanding," Leitch said.

This month, those paintings will be on display at U.S. Bank, 610 E. Broadway in Milton-Freewater. The bank is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays. Students showing their paintings include Tavis Sicocan, Dustin Damm, Marcos Diaz, Jesus Ruiz, Brenda Garcia, Jessie Rodriguez, Eric Garcia, Eddy Aviles, Maria Martinez, and John Lonai.

"We are grateful to U.S. Bank for giving us a location to show the work," Leitch said.

Fauvism, said art teacher Blue Leitch, a style of art in France when painters used bright, unnatural colors in their art. At the time, an art critic used the word "Fauve" to describe the art, hence its name. According to the National Gallery of Art, that critic used the term to express "an explosion of color" in the artwork.

The artists painted landscapes and cityscapes sometimes in a simplistic form similar to abstract, the galleries said.

According to the National Gallery of Art, the Fauve movement lasted from 1904 to 1907, but the British TATE museum said it was from 1905 to 1910.

"Working with an intense, unmodulated application of pure color and the bold strokes of a loaded brush, these artists adapted the advances of post-impressionism, creating a presumably more impetuous or 'anarchic' manner," is how the National Gallery described Fauve.

The TATE museum described Fauve as using "strident colour and apparently wild brushwork."

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