More than 500 people visited the recent “UPK-5 Red Fox Art” exhibit at Kelley and Perkins schools to view art produced by Newark elementary students.
“I think it was a fantastic show,” said visual art teacher Courtney Dentel, who organized the show at Perkins. “I’ve had so many compliments while I was setting up the work. The kids were very excited. [Secretary] Rebecca Briggs from Lincoln sent me a beautiful email that brought tears to my eyes. For such young and tiny artists, their imaginations are gigantic and beautiful.”
Art teacher Kaleigh White set up the show at Kelley. PTAs from the schools provided refreshments.
“We had a great turn out,” White said. “People really enjoyed walking around the school to see the artwork like you would in a gallery. A few Kelley School PTA members helped me set up the show over the weekend, and the PTA also supplied the Post-its for the Post-it Note Art Show activity and the snacks.”
Newark High School pottery teacher Amy O’Connor and James Zeger, who teaches media arts, photography and arts-in-culture courses, brought members of the NHS Art Club to run a button-making and face-painting station in the Perkins cafeteria.
“I was overwhelmed with the creativity and talent of our little artists, and loved seeing them proudly show their artwork to their families,” Perkins Principal Sue Achille said.
Lincoln Principal Stephanie Miller said, “Thank you to Mrs. Dentel and Ms. White for taking the time to create a venue for young artists to display their art for family and friends.”