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Student artwork showcased at 2015 Superintendent’s art show

Parents walk the halls of Central Services, admiring student artwork during the 2015 Superintendent’s Student Art Showcase. (Below) Andrew Parker, an eighth grader at Parkwood Middle School, takes a moment to pose with his principal, Jeff Kraftson, during the art show. (Middle photo) Gina Finucane, an art teacher at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, poses with her third-grade student, Mason Motto, during the art showcase. Also pictured, at right, is UCPS Director of Humanities Lindsay Jones who is taking a photo for the family. (Bottom photo) Bella Carter, a fourth grader at New Town Elementary, poses with her principal Catherine Perry, while her brother, Cuthbertson Middle School sixth grader, Aidan Carter, takes a picture.

The halls of the Union County Public Schools’ Central Services were a buzz of activity Thursday when the 2015 Superintendent’s Student Art Showcase took center stage.

Art teachers from each of the system’s 53 schools selected two pieces of artwork to represent their school in the art show.

Dr. Mary Ellis established the event in 2013 in order to meet the young artists and recognize their work.

“We are honored to have our students’ artwork displayed in our Central Services office,” said Dr. Mary Ellis, superintendent. “Each time we walk the hallways, we are reminded of our students’ talents and artistic skills."

The artwork is matted and framed and displayed throughout the hallways of the Central Services building. Frames are recycled each year to minimize cost.

Besides the student artists, their parents, principals and art teachers, Union County Board of Education members, Union County Commissioners and Union County Community Art Council Board members were invited, as well.

Guests walked the halls looking at student artwork, took pictures and enjoyed light refreshments in the Central Services Board Room.

Mason Motto, a third grader at Wesley Chapel Elementary, said he drew a tiger when given the assignment of creating an animal from Africa. He, family members and his art teacher, Gina Finucane, easily found his masterpiece thanks to a master list that detailed where each student’s work was being displayed.

“We’re thrilled he was chosen,” said Mason’s mother, Lori Motto. “He has loved to draw and create things ever since he was little, so we were very excited to have his work recognized.”

Andrew Parker, an eighth grader at Parkwood Middle School, created a black and white engraving that depicted pollution in rivers. “I was a bit surprised at first that my work was chosen,” he said. “I didn’t expect that at all.”

His mother, Sandra Parker, said she was very excited to learn her son’s work would be on display.

“He has been drawing and mimicking art in various ways from a very young age,” Sandra said. “I’m jealous because I don't have a creative bone in my body, yet he creates drawings and images for me. I’m very happy to see his work displayed. It’s an honor for me.”

Andrew’s principal, Jeff Kraftson, also came to view his work. “I see a lot of thought and imagination went into this work,” he said. “I’m very impressed with the work that Andrew did. I’m very proud of him for representing Parkwood Middle. He has a lot to be proud of.”

Carolyn Mays, a ninth grader at Cuthbertson High School, enjoyed seeing her artwork displayed even though she didn’t particularly like the piece that was chosen. “It’s amazing seeing my artwork being displayed,” she said.

“I love drawing still-life,” Carolyn added. “My teacher had a still-life set up of a flower. I don’t really like this piece personally because I know I could do better. I was rushing the last night to finish it.”

Her mother, Carol Zoller, however, had no problem with the piece that was chosen. “I’m very proud of her. We watched her work on this piece. She does beautiful work. Her sister is also an artist, so we have two in the family.”

The student artwork will be displayed in Central Services until December of 2016.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 02, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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