Posted on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 9:24 am


Parents Lissie Fein and Shelly Bathe Lenn received an Easthampton Cultural Council grant for a new art program at Maple School entitled “Local Students. Local Artists.”. Students in kindergarten to fourth grade classes have worked with six local artists in a program that expands their artistic experience. The culmination of this collaborative program will be on view throughout Easthampton’s galleries, showcasing the students’ work in a citywide art show. During Art Walk Easthampton on May 12, from 5 – 8 p.m., the public can view the citywide exhibition at White Square Fine Books and Art, Nash Gallery, Popcorn Noir, ECA+ Gallery, and the Old Town Hall.

Professionally established artists who worked with the students included sculptor Matt Evald Johnson, illustrator Chris Murphy, fabric artist Audrey Hyvonen, animators Lissie Fein and Peter King, and mixed media artist David Poppie. Invited artists worked with mediums not currently available in the school further enriching the already established art program. Exhibited throughout the city will be works created by the individual classes. Quilts by the 2nd grade class will be shown at White Square Fine Books and Art at 86 Cottage St. Sculptures by the kindergarten class will be on view at the Nash Gallery at 40 Cottage St. Animation by the 3rd grade class will be shown at Popcorn Noir on 32 Cottage St. Mixed-media by the 4th grade class will be exhibited in the Old Town Hall hallway at 43 Main St. Illustrations by the kindergarten & 1st grade classes will be on view at ECA+ Gallery at 43 Main St. Accompanying artist statements will be on view with the work at each location.

Shelly Bathe Lenn, a parent and grant recipient says, “Local students. Local artists. has been a bigger success than I imagined. It has been such a joy to watch all the students at Maple School engaged with a new art medium and working so hard on their own creations. Each artist did an amazing job-from talking about their own work in the medium to helping students make their ideas come out in the creative process.”

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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Nancy Dorian