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Talking through tiling

Francey said she likes going into the schools because it's rewarding to see the kids' enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.

"They have no trouble getting involved and what happens often is they'll have an unveiling ceremony at the school, which is nice to see kids showing their parents 'their picture.' They're very proud of what they've done," said Francey.

She said she hopes they're proud not only of their artistic skill, but of the message that art has conveyed.

"I hope they're also aware of how their own pictures fits into the overall big mural," said Francey.

Her next goal is to create a community mural that would reflect the community and involve its residents.

"This spring at the library in Burnt Hills I'll have workshops where people can come create tiles and it will make a large table," said Francey. "I'd like to do something with the historical society, that would be interesting to do something using pictures and photographs of the town."

Francey's own work can be viewed on her website, www.annefrancey.com. She shows her work in galleries and exhibitions.

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