Recently, a huge crowd of art lovers gathered in the Jefferson Middle School gymnasium for the opening reception of the Jamestown Public Schools' District Art Show.
With 270 student works ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, including 50 three-dimensional pieces, the district's talented artists had an opportunity to showcase their creative skills to their families. Each Jamestown art teacher selected 20 to 25 pieces of artwork to include in the show. The artwork will be on display at Jefferson Middle School through June 5 in the lobby by the auditorium.
"There are many unique pieces of artwork created by the innovative students of Jamestown Public Schools. We are so pleased by the opening night response. We decided to hold the opening in the gymnasium this year to allow more people to easily view the exhibit," said JPS Art Chairperson David Mazzone. "We are very proud of all our talented artists and the hard work and creativity they put into every piece of artwork."
Jamestown High School sophomore Rebecca Rew had two pieces in the show. "I love art because I like that I'm able to express myself and there is more meaning behind it than just what is in the picture or painting."
Even JPS's youngest artists love being in the show.
"I like art because you can get your feelings out and when you hold a picture inside you for so long, you can let it out by just painting it," said Fletcher Elementary School first grader Greta Bollman who had one piece in the show.
"I like art too. I got to make a Ninja turtle mask," said Ring Elementary School kindergartener Gracie Lisciandro who also had one piece in the show.
The JPS District Art Show is open to the public until June 5. The community is encouraged to visit the Art Show at Jefferson Middle School during school hours. Please sign in at the main office to visit the district's artistic showcase.