Lincoln student artwork on display through March 31

Lincoln student artwork on display through March 31

LINCOLN - Artwork created by Lincoln students is on display at Town Hall through the end of March as a way to celebrate Youth Art Month and the kids' creative sides.

The exhibition, which was celebrated with a public reception on March 20, has been open since March 12.

"We really wanted to do something as a district to get all the kids some exposure," said Susan Kolenda, an art teacher at Lincoln High School.

She said the showcase was put together by the school art teachers, who were looking for a way to work together on a project. Following the district's recognition by the Rhode Island Alliance for Arts Education last year, when Lincoln was chosen to represent the state in the 2013 Gift of Art collection, Kolenda said she and her fellow art teachers wanted to continue collaborating.

"We really wanted to continue to build on that synergy from last year," said Kolenda, who has taught at LHS for eight years.

The other art teachers are Heather Binder and Eleanor McKenna at LHS, Jane Pichette at Lincoln Middle School, Cynthia Quinlan at Northern Lincoln Elementary School, Sarah Mahler at Saylesville Elementary School and Lonsdale Elementary School, and Amy Olson at Lonsdale and Central Elementary School.

Teachers each picked five pieces that best represented their classes, and to serve as a final testament, Quinlan pointed out, to the student artists' vision and hours of creative thinking.

Binder said one of the sweetest moments of the reception on March 20 was when a parent was able to speak with her son's past, present and future art teacher. Olsen said the teachers enjoy seeing the growth in student work from elementary to high school.

"Seeing the work from all grades is a visual representation of community and continuity in our schools," Binder said.

Plus, they are pieces of quality, Kolenda said.

"They're really nice pieces," she said. "I think people would be pleasantly surprised at what the students are able to create."

Artwork can be viewed through Monday, March 31, both at Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and during normal business hours at the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, which is showcasing work from LHS.

The exhibit gives art students the recognition they deserve, Kolenda said, and may not always receive in a town with notable sports teams.

"It's nice for the district to show the kinds of things we have going on," she said. "It's nice to show that our kids are developing strongly in the arts as well as in other areas."

With so much enthusiasm from the town, Kolenda said she hopes the exhibit to become a regular event.

"It's something positive," she said. "It's allowing kids to expose themselves in positive ways."

Amelia Heon, 14, above, stands in front of her self-portrait.
Mike Logan examines the artwork done by his daughter, Lorianna, standing directly behind him, at the reception. Mom, Elvira, is at left.
Lincoln Town Hall is hosting the "Welcome Spring Art Exhibit" featuring the artwork of Lincoln students from kindergarten through 12th grade. An opening reception was held for parents and artists last Thursday.The exhibit runs through the end of March. Lincoln Art teachers gathered for a group photo at the reception. From left are Susan Kolenda, Amy Olsen, Heather Binder, Eleanor McKenna, Sarah Mahler, Jane Pichette and Cynthia Quinlan. (Valley Breeze photos by David Wuerth)