Students’ Artwork Displayed
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Students from Glenfield and Bradford schools had their artwork displayed in the first floor lobby of the Essex County Hall of Records which was transformed into an art gallery this month.
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Art Educators of New Jersey welcomed 96 students from throughout Essex County to the Hall of Records for the Art Educators of New Jersey student art exhibit on Mon., March 20. This is the 13th 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.
This year’s show featured original works of art created by 96 students who ranged in age from elementary school to high school level. The students came from 14 different Essex County schools. The students whose drawings and paintings that were featured in the exhibit from Montclair are as follows:
Glenfield Middle School in Montclair: Tatyanna Thomas, Skylar Hsieh, Chloe Wiederhorn, Ella Simons, Tobia Ruth, Sydney Kovel, Sophie Bugat, Jada Karim, Miranda McLannahan, Christina Qiu and Shea Lerner.
Bradford Elementary School in Montclair: Andrew Kingsworth, Sophie Silverman, Sophie Jacobs, Sarah Harmon and Avani Pasala.
In addition, Glenfield students were recognized by Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver with Senate Resolutions honoring their participation in the Essex County Youth Art Month exhibit.
“Art is often overlooked, especially during budget time because some people view it as something that can be cut. But when we expose children to music, art and language, they become a better well-rounded student both in testing and academics, and even as a better person overall,” NJ State Senator and Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz said, adding that she enjoys seeing the artwork displayed in the lobby.
“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 schools,” said Catherine Kondreck, Chairwoman of the 2017 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.”