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Artistic talents unveiled

Published 8:48pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Suffolk school district’s budding Picassos and Renoirs enjoyed an art show in their honor Tuesday.

Elephants, waterfalls, cats, streetscapes, the Sphinx, lizards and snowmen were among the myriad subjects featured in the annual Superintendent’s Art Show.

Works will remain on display in the School Administrative Offices for one year, greeting district officials as they arrive at work each morning.

Elephant’s Fork Elementary fourth-grader Sydney Vick shows Deran Whitney, superintendent of Suffolk Public Schools, her work that was selected for Whitney’s annual art show. One piece of art from each Suffolk public school will be on display in the School Administrative Offices for one year.
Elephant’s Fork Elementary fourth-grader Sydney Vick shows Deran Whitney, superintendent of Suffolk Public Schools, her work that was selected for Whitney’s annual art show. One piece of art from each Suffolk public school will be on display in the School Administrative Offices for one year.

Each of the district’s schools selected one work to be hung downtown, and from Elephant’s Fork Elementary School it was fourth-grader Sydney Vick’s depiction of cats.

“We were using the little note cards, and we had to find something in it to draw,” Vick explained. “I thought of cats, and represented them.”

She declared it was “good” to have been selected for the art show, an honor she said she was not expecting.

The event afforded parents and other family members an opportunity to chat with teachers and district officials — including the superintendent himself — while admiring the creative talents on display.

Fran Barnes, principal at Florence Bowser Elementary School, whose representative in the show was first-grader Kiley Gaines, said the event allows students to feel pride in their achievements.

“I like the idea of putting it on display,” she said. “When they can see it here, they understand how it’s a big deal to be chosen from their whole school. I always think that some of these younger ones we will certainly see some day.”

Lee and Teresa Trump, grandparents of Nansemond Parkway Elementary School second-grader Alexis Underwood, said that attending the art show was a must.

“It’s just wonderful, spectacular!” Lee Trump said. “It’s quite an honor.”

Alexis, whose work is titled “A Ming Vase,” has been drawing from a young age, he said.

“She was really excited,” Teresa Trump said. “She wanted to put her little dress on to come here.”

Her art teacher, Qua Cummings, said Alexis got her inspiration from a lesson on China. “It’s beautiful — I’m very proud of her,” Cummings added.

Pamela Stark, a gifted resource teacher at John F. Kennedy, King’s Fork and John Yeates middle schools, attended the event with her Driver Elementary School daughters Hannah and Anica.

A fifth-grader, Anica’s selected work features a stitched cardinal. “They learned four different kinds of stitches,” said her art teacher, Mary Old.

Wynter Brown’s work is a color drawing of a lizard and a butterfly. “I grew up doing art a lot,” the Lakeland High School junior said.

Seeing her art on the wall “feels great,” she added.

 

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