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Nutfield News • March 10, 2011 Student Artwork on Display Through March 27 at Stockbridge


——◆—––– March is Youth Art

Month, and this year the Derry Cooperative School District along with the Hampstead School District celebrated with a student art show at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Aca- demy.

The exhibit is in the lobby of the Stockbridge Theatre and will remain on display until March 27. Derry schools participating are Barka, Derry Village, East Derry Memorial, Grin- nell, and South Range ele- mentary schools, and Gil- bert H. Hood and West Running Brook middle

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schools, and Hampstead Middle School work is dis- played as well. About 200 items are on display, includ- ing pen and ink drawings, watercolors, weaving, print- making, collages, sand painting, computer art and three-dimensional work. Kristen Sarno, art educa-

tor at Gilbert H Hood, was the driving force behind the exhibit. “I organized this show

because I, along with my fellow art teachers in the Derry Cooperative School District, really wanted to show the community the amazing visual artwork that the children in the Derry and other schools create,” said Sarno. “Compared to the

improvements for redevel- opment of the downtown, according to Sioras. The board’s workshop last week was its first to dis- cuss the potential for elimi- nating the town’s growth

performing arts, visual arts tend to have much less expo- sure. We had an awesome turnout for the reception.” Sarno said she chose to

piggyback on Youth Art Month because it is an annu- al observance that empha- sizes the value of art educa- tion for all children and encourages support for school art programs. “In the past, some of us had sent visual artwork up to the State House in Concord to be displayed, but this has not happened in a few years and we were only able to send a few pieces,” she said. “By having this exhibit locally and in such a great space, we were able to include much more of the

management ordinance and development impact fee. Members agreed to continue considering and developing the proposal in future work- shops.

students’ work. It was great to see so many children with their parents at the exhibit reception, and we received very positive feedback. I hope to make this a yearly event during the month of March.”

Jackie Bjork, a West Running Brook eighth grad- er, proudly showed her art- work.

“I did this CREATE on a piece of drywall and then painted it with acrylic paint in Kellen Rattigan’s art class,” she said. “It was fun.” Another student who

was excited to have her work on display was Nicol- ette Colon, 13, a seventh grader at Gilbert H. Hood. “I created this guitar in my art class out of foam and then I painted the foam and there it is,” she said with a broad smile.

The lobby at the

Stockbridge Theatre at the early March reception was packed with students and their parents. School art

Pictured is Nicolette Colon, a Gilbert H. Hood Middle School student with her artwork, a guitar made from foam.

Photo by Penny Williams

teachers and principals were also present, proud of what their students had created. And Gilbert H. Hood Principal Austin Garofalo’s

face was wreathed in smiles as he introduced Sarno to people and fielded questions from parents.

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