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Piedmont High students take artistic talents to the animal shelter

Union County Sheriff's Capt. Macky Goodman, center, Lt. Lynn Yow and Sgt. Pauline LuCore thank students for their artwork that will be used to spruce up the Union County Animal Shelter. Also pictured, at left, is Piedmont principal Dr. Jonathan Tyson. (Below) Piedmont High School art students hold up paintings they did that will decorate the walls at the Union County Animal Shelter.

Thanks to the talents of about two dozen art students at Piedmont High School, the walls at the Union County Animal Shelter are filled with paintings of cats, dogs, and other beloved pets.

“It’s an honor to have my artwork displayed in the shelter,” said Chloe Mundie, 18, a senior. “I’m expressing myself through my artwork, and the love that I have for my community.”

The shelter, located at 3344 Presson Road in Monroe, now has about 30 paintings hanging in their business lobby and the adoption section of the shelter. The animal shelter staff provided the canvases for the project and a gift card to purchase acrylic paint.

Piedmont High art teacher Tracy Price said the project not only introduced students to a style of art called “pop art” and the use of acrylic paint, but it also exposed them to service learning.

It took about two weeks to complete the project. “It was nice,” Price said. “The kids learned about acrylic paint. They learned everything that was in the curriculum, but they knew from the get-go they were doing something for the community. Now they also know how to do that style of painting.”

Some students painted their own pets, while others just painted various images of animals they found on the Internet. Two students painted their own pets that, ironically, they had adopted from the animal shelter.

Chloe Mundie, 18, a senior, has been an artist her entire life. Her painting was of an orange kitten, Scooter.

Rachel High, 16, a sophomore, has been an art student at Piedmont for two years. Her father is a retired Sheriff’s Deputy. She and her sister adopted a puppy named Jesse at the shelter. She then painted Jesse for the project.

“She’s really adorable. Whenever we want an animal, we always go the animal shelter. Everyone is so nice and friendly at the shelter. When we got Jesse, we knew we wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

“It’s really humbling to think about that. It’s such a beautiful place, and to think that my artwork is going to be hung there to make it even more beautiful is an honor,” High said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Pauline LuCore and a few other deputies came to the art class to pick up the paintings and thank the students for their hard work.

“We are really excited and appreciate your hard work,” LuCore told the students. “We can wait to hang them at the shelter.”

LuCore put the challenge out to the community via the shelter Facebook page, and Price took up the challenge. LuCore said she felt local student artwork would really help to spruce up the shelter.

“We thought rather than going out and buying generic pictures, it would be a great way to get the kids involved, the community involved,” LuCore said. “The class jumped onboard with both feet. We’re all tickled that it worked out.”

“You guys learned something, but you also did a service to your community,” Price told students when Union County Sheriff’s deputies came to pick up the paintings.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jun 03, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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