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Chappaqua's Seven Bridges Students Showcase Art Projects

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Seven Bridges Middle School students donned their finest suits and dresses on Wednesday night for the unveiling of their year-long art projects at the school’s First Annual Art Gala.

"This is the culmination of our students' work," art teacher Terry Koshel said of the exhibition, which featured selected works from fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

Accompanied by live music from Seven Bridges’ String Quartet and champagne (actually grape juice), camera-happy parents toured the art gala with their young artists. Wednesday was the first-ever gala at Seven Bridges, with the event being held at the Chappaqua Library in previous years.

"It makes it more of a community event for Seven Bridges," said art teacher Zach Arnold.

According to Arnold, more than 1/3 of the school's student population contributed to the projects on display and all fifth and eighth grade students worked together on large banners.

Along with seeing the finished product, guests were also given a glimpse into the process of creating the art. Some of the artists explained how they created their work during live workshops and a student-created short video presentation aired throughout the hour.

"Sometimes when we do an art show it's just about the product, but this way you get to see the process," Arnold said. "So this way when you see a picture that has a million dots in it, you really see meticulously putting every dot or every brush stroke on a painting."

Several permanent paintings from the display will be installed in the Upper Commons and halls as a gift to the school from the graduating eighth grade students.

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