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Bronxville Art Show Displays Budding Talent

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. — Visitors to Bronxville High School next week will be greeted by rooms full of colorful art ranging from ceramics and sketches to photography and digital works.

From now until Friday, June 1, the Bronxville Union Free School District's High School Art Show turns the building into a museum as a tribute to the school's talented students.

"It is really impressive to look at," said high school art teacher Courtney Alan. "It's nice to see such a variety in one school, to see how much talent is in this building. The students are really good. It's impressive to see the range and levels of art."

Each AP art student is showcasing 12 pieces he or she created during the 2011-12 school year, said White??. The other levels have two or three pieces each. And because the students were able to choose already-created projects, the works range from literal art such as self-portraits to narrative art and abstract images.

"I definitely have seen the students' progress over the year," said White. "With every class, there is a huge progression."

Even though the exhibit features the work of high school students, many elementary school students are also showing off their talent. For instance, the Elementary School Library features artwork from students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

"It seems a lot more precious to them — a little more special — when it's displayed in such a grand fashion with so many other students involved," said Marijke Briggs, an elementary school art teacher. "Seeing their work displayed is exciting for them."

The kindergarten students created clay sculptures, the first-graders Georgia O'Keeffe-inspired mono-prints. The second-graders made farm-inspired etchings, and third-graders created self-portrait circus masks. Fourth-grade artists made Keith Haring-inspired action-posed sculptures, and the fifth-graders made creatures inspired by Oaxacan wood carvings.

"They were excited to have their work displayed in something that felt different from a bulletin board in the school," said Briggs. "It's big for them. It took a lot of time and effort, but the process and end result was wonderful for them. The work really shows how proud they are and how hard they worked."

Briggs took her students on a tour of the High School Art Show, where they saw their work showcased next to that of the upper class students.

"They really enjoyed seeing the high school work and what their future might hold for them," said Briggs.

The community is invited to view the art show until 3 p.m. every week day. The Bronxville School District is located at 177 Pondfield Road.

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