Academy art exhibition at library Friday

POSTED: 06/15/12 12:23 PM

CUL DE SAC – The general public is being invited to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on Friday (June 15, 2012) for the opening of a mini Art exhibition of pieces done by students and teachers of St. Maarten Academy. The one-hour event, which kicks off at 6:00pm, will debut two final year students – Leandre Santos and Shawn Williams – as well as second former Janean Peterson. Rochelle Ward – an English teacher and Art teacher Henry Thomas – will also display their work. The display marks the culmination of one year of Saturday morning Art classes conducted by Thomas.

“We are closing off the year and it will be the first time for these young, budding artists. I am proud to see their accomplishment due to hard work and determination,” Thomas said in reference to the students.

Thomas is also proud of Ward, who was once his student when she attended St. Maarten Academy. Although art is not currently her major, Ward has done pieces that would rival any veteran’s work.

“Each student is unique and on Friday the public will be able to see life and still life drawings – about five to seven pieces from each artist,” Thomas said.

Thomas, who has been teaching at St. Maarten Academy for many years, started the Saturday morning classes in 2009 for anyone interested in art. Students were able to explore their artistic abilities in water colours, pastels, basic paints, pen and ink, and charcoal, to name a few. The areas of study included painting and mixed media, portraits, calligraphy writing, graphic and communication and print making.

The exhibition will run until June 22.

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