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Art show spotlights student talent

Eight students from the Scotia-Glenville Central School District will have their artwork displayed this month in the 19th annual Legislative Art Show as part of an exhibit that features artwork from area schools.

Elementary art teacher Adrienne Hall, who splits her time between Lincoln and Glendaal schools, said being part of the art show has been a very rewarding experience for past students involved, and she predicted this year would be no different.

A reception on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. allows the students to mingle and have their pictures taken with Assembly members.

This year, Hall submitted two pieces of art from each school. One piece, Woven Illusion, from Lincoln Elementary fifth-grader Samantha Mabie, was inspired by Chuck Close and the Op Art movement. Also from Lincoln was a piece by third-grader Lily Murphy titled "Fall Harvest," which Hall said was inspired by artist Paul Cezanne's still-life paintings. From Glendaal, Hall submitted fourth-grader Kala Aydlott's piece called "Falling Leaves," which features printed leaves on fabric and a rubber-block stamp border. Also chosen from Glendaal, was third-grader Jenna Stuart's piece "Impressions of Van Gogh," inspired by the artist's painting of a vase of sunflowers.

"They are all aware that their pieces were chosen, and they are very excited," said Hall.

The Legislative Art Show is a show that New York State Art Teachers Association members have the option of participating in. Fine Arts Director for Scotia-Glenville Susan Fitting said each year the teachers choose two pieces from the first half of the year and then submit them to the show.

"It showcases for the community the high levels of talents our students have. We have ongoing roving art shows throughout the community, and I can't tell you the number of times parents bring their children to the venues to take their pictures with the artwork. It is a huge confirmation for the students of their talent and skill," said Fitting.

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