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May 15, 2019

Students Show Off Masterpieces at Conover Road Elementary Art Show

By Shanna O’Mara

Students, parents, teachers and administrators packed the Conover Road Elementary School cafeteria on April 16 for the student art show, featuring works by third, fourth and fifth graders. Jazzy, French music echoed throughout the room as attendees perused the rows of art.

“It’s all about art appreciation,” art teacher Sherri Rao said. “We’ve been putting this show on for years. Then, about three years ago, we teamed up with a company called Artome to have the pieces framed and matted.”

Conover Road Elementary Art Show 7

Rao said Artome gets the pictures display-ready at no cost to the school.

Conover Road Elementary Art Show 7

Fifth grader Dean Grilli saw his masterpiece come to life within a thick, black frame, and his father was quick to scoop up the piece. Parents were given the option to purchase their child’s art for $19.

Conover Road Elementary Art Show 3

“It’s pretty inspiring to see my stuff here,” Grilli said. “My mom will probably hang it in the house.”

For this project, Grilli and his classmates had to draw their idea for a dessert-themed sculpture then create the three-dimensional version out of clay. Although he enjoyed the given topic, he admitted, “Usually I work on seahorses and other stuff.”

Conover Road Elementary Art Show 2

Several PTO members and parent volunteers helped distribute snacks, create crafts with the students and award raffle prizes. Conover Road Elementary Principal James Osmond and Superintendent of Schools MaryJane Garibay were also in attendance, marveling at the work and enthusiasm of their students.

Conover Road Elementary Art Show 1

“You’ll see, it starts out full in here,” Osmond said. “Then, as the night goes on, it’ll get even busier, and holes will start to appear [as parents buy the artwork.]”