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Glenfield Students Celebrate Youth Art History Month at Exhibit

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

One image shows Daniel Hill in front of his winning billboard, while the second shows  student Sam Odige and his art teacher Deb Comeau with his painting of Mary Lou Hamer and the words "I sm sick and tired of being sick and tired."At left: Daniel Hill in front of his billboard in Trenton.
At right: Glenfield art teacher Deb Comeau and student Sam Odige with his submission.

Ten Glenfield Middle School students participated in the Essex County Art Educators Student Art Exhibit. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Art Educators of New Jersey welcomed 109 students from throughout Essex County to the Hall of Records for the Art Educators of New Jersey student art exhibit on Fri., March 23. This is the 14th consecutive year DiVincenzo has partnered with the Art Educators of New Jersey to present the student artists exhibit at the Hall of Records.

During the month of March, the first-floor lobby of the Hall of Records was transformed into a student art gallery. Employees and visitors to the county building were treated to the colorful and lifelike portraits, paintings and drawings.

“Essex County has some very creative and talented student artists at all age levels from elementary to high school. The original artwork that is included in our exhibit is truly inspiring,” DiVincenzo said. “I am proud to have been a partner with the Art Educators of New Jersey to present this exhibit. This is an opportunity to promote our students’ positive achievements and enables the general public to see the talent in our schools,” he added.

“We open a new world for students with art programs. We all must recognize the critical importance that art has in our society,” NJ State Senator and Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz said. “I commend the students for sharing their artwork with us in this exhibit,” she added.

“We must have art in all of our schools. So many students express themselves through their artwork,” Freeholder Patricia Sebold said. “I want to congratulate all the student artists for their marvelous contributions today,” she added.

“This is a wonderful observance to emphasize the value of art education for children of all ages and encourage support for art programs in our public schools,” said Catherine Kondreck, Chairwoman of the 2018 New Jersey Art Educators of New Jersey Essex County Exhibit. “These students have worked very hard and it is wonderful to have them receive this recognition. Kudos to them and our county leaders for continuing to put Essex County and our children first! We especially want to thank the County Executive for giving us the opportunity to share the talents of our students with the public,” she noted.

This year’s show featured original works of art created by 109 students who ranged in age from elementary school to high school level. The students came from 17 different Essex County schools. The students from Glenfield whose drawings and paintings were featured in the exhibit are: Giselle Frazier, Gigi Keil, Bridget Murray, Milanya Navani, Samuel Odige, Amilia Pellerano, Georgia Stamas, Shahaad Sutton, Stella Tollis and Emma Zielinski. (Pictured with DiVencenzo, Kondrek and Glenfield art teacher Deb Comeau at the end of this article.)

The Student Art Exhibit is part of the County Executive’s initiative to recognize the accomplishments of Essex County students. The Executive also has hosted recognition ceremonies for the top high school basketball, track and field and softball teams. High-achieving students from the Essex County Vocational-Technical School System are also recognized during the Executive’s Teamwork Award Program. 

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In January, it was announced that Glenfield 7th grader Daniel Hill won the 2018 New Jersey Youth Art Month Contest. His piece for this year’s theme, “Building Community through Art,” was submitted by Kondrek. Hill’s artwork will be displayed on two billboards—one in Trenton and one at the corner of Pompton Ave. and Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair. The contest received close to 200 entries from across 60 schools throughout the state. Hill was honored along with the other winners at the Statehouse in Trenton.

Below, Giselle Frazier, Gigi Keil, Bridget Murray, Milanya Navani, Samuel Odige, Amilia Pellerano, Georgia Stamas, Shahaad Sutton, Stella Tollis and Emma Zielinski, pictured with DiVencenzo, Kondrek and Glenfield art teacher Deb Comeau.

Updated: 3/28/2018