On Thursday, May 7th, I attended the Shrewsbury High School Art Festival! The star of the show was an exciting panel painting project! Sherwood Middle School collaborated with the Artist Guild of Shrewsbury and the National Art Honor Society to make a series of panels based on Sherwood’s core values (Caring, Responsibility, Perseverance, Honesty, Tolerance, Respect, Cooperation, Courage, Gratitude and Generosity)! The panel artists, respectively, are Pamela Haynes (AGS artist), Danielle DiNoia (SHS student), Rebecca Schwartz (SHS student), Melissa Maglio (AGS artist), Mary Dunn (AGS artist), Morjane Hmaidi (SHS student), Patricia Erickson (AGS artist), Mark and Joanne Tonelli (AGS artists), Robert Wilson (AGS director) and Mary Ellen Racine (AGS artist).
The panels were derived from the winners of a contest for panel design ideas based on the ten core values! My design wasn’t selected, but a lot of my schoolmates’ (including Oji Anderson, Harlen McNeil and Holly Hruskoci) submissions were used in some panels!
Here is the project description of the Core Value Art Collection:
“Each panel represents one of Sherwood’s ten core values. During Spring 2014, 5th and 6th graders at SMS submitted art designs depicting each of the core values. The collection was completed in the Spring of 2015. The Artists Guild of Shrewsbury and National Art Honor Society students created art panels for the Sherwood Middle School Community incorporating different aspects of the students’ work. The final collection represents the collaboration process involving students and community artists. Sherwood will treasure this gift for many generations of students and families to come.”
Besides the Core Values Art Collection, I had a wonderful time looking at all the artwork from the SHS Art Festival! During the SHS Visual Arts Department’s Awards Ceremony, many students were recognized. This year’s awards included Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards, Excellence in Artistic Achievement, Rhode Island School of Design Book Award and Annie’s Angels Scholarship. At the end, we watched a video showcasing SHS student artists and their artworks. It was very entertaining!
The formal opening reception of this wonderful art collection will take place on June 2nd (Tuesday) at Sherwood Middle School. The event will be open to the public. Come if you can: Channel 5 may be there!
Here are photos of the panels:
Core Value Art Collection (Carol Virzi, David T. Lee)
These are pictures of the high school students’ artwork:
Have a great Mother’s Day celebration this weekend!