Herricks spring art show fills community center with color and creativity

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Herricks spring art show fills community center with color and creativity
Everyone played a part in the Herricks Spring Art Show as students and family members were given the freedom to color banners that were placed around the exhibits. Photos courtesy of Herricks Public Schools

On May 7, the Herricks Elementary and Middle School Spring Art Show went on display at the Herricks Community Center, showcasing artwork from over 200 talented Herricks student artists.

In preparation for the show, students were able to have a creative space where they could create and bring their projects to life.

They engaged in lessons about various artists, time periods, mediums, and techniques, among other things.

“There is no better feeling than watching a student's face light up when they see their artwork on display for the first time,” said Center Street art teacher Doreen McDevitt.

The show kicked off with a gathering in the auditorium where each art teacher had the opportunity to share insight about the artwork on display.

Searingtown principal Diana DeGiorgio shared this inspiring message with our student artists during her introduction.

“I commend you for your courage in sharing your visions with the world. Your art is not just a reflection of who you are, but a gift that you can share with others and an opportunity to communicate in ways words cannot convey,” she said. “May you continue cultivating your creativity, knowing that your talents can move hearts and minds.”

After hearing about the artwork and feeling palpable anticipation, it was time for the official unveiling.

Parents and students proceeded to the second floor of the community center, where the halls were awash with color, creativity, and artistic expression—truly a sight to behold.

During the show, students and parents had a chance to visit the “Compliment Station,” where they could express their appreciation for the artwork on display.

District Director of Fine and Performing Arts Anissa Arnold closed out the night by recognizing the student artists and educators for their hard work and dedication.

“Congratulations to all of our artists along with their inspiring art teachers, Doreen McDevitt (Center Street), Jessica D'Angelo (Denton Avenue), Amanda Rodriguez (Searingtown), Kim Friedman (middle school), Cindy Perotti (middle school) and Diana Evans (Shelter Rock Academy),” she said. “I am so proud of our very talented students and the exceptional art teachers for all the beautiful work they produced this year!”

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