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A is for art appreciation

This gallery show isn't your typical exhibit. The artists attend Trinity Elementary.

Published February 14, 2007


You are cordially invited ... .

The artwork is up, and the invitations are out for a special art exhibit featuring the work of some 200 students from Trinity Elementary.

It started as more of a whim - a thought that the students might get a hoot out of seeing their work displayed in a real gallery, said Mike Urbanovitch, owner of the Gallery at No Naked Walls Art and Frame Shop in New Port Richey. That's why he offered to feature the student work - even installing a 24-foot-long display wall to accommodate all the pieces.

Projects created by students in kindergarten through fifth-grade range from My Unique Self, Glittering Indian Tapestries, Sparkling Goblets and Name Designs. The artwork will be judged by local artists Lyndon Scheeren and Ralph Annan.

This time of year, typically art teachers Anne Bowen and Christine McGowan are focusing on selecting student work to be exhibited at the Pasco County Fair and, true to form, there still will be 50 pieces created by Trinity Elementary artists on display there.

But this is a little different, said Bowen, as she watched her intermediate students put the finishing touches on some layered pieces fashioned after Indian tapestry that featured geometric shapes drawn in crayon, then painted in watercolors before being highlighted with shiny paper, beads and glitter.

"Having your art exhibited like this even on the elementary level is important," said Bowen. "It's a celebration of what people make. It's an appreciation of art. If it's developed young in children - visiting art galleries and museums - they'll do it as adults."

Fast Facts:

If you go

The Trinity Elementary Art Exhibit will be through Feb. 28 at the Gallery at No Naked Walls Art and Frame Shop, 6736 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. A special reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Prizes will be awarded, refreshments will be served and musical entertainment will be provided by Trinity Elementary students under the direction of music teachers, Diane Lewis and Monica DuQuette.

[Last modified February 14, 2007, 07:34:42]

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