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Counting on Creativity Genuine Art: Collaborations Between Artists and Children, Exhibition at Nicholas F. Rizzo Fine Arts by local artists and Madison Montessori School students art

Diane Klaif, The Alternative Press

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 • 2:31am

“Math is art and artful, too.” That is the lesson Madison Montessori School students are learning firsthand through the “Genuine Art” program, which brings together professional artists and students (all of whom are under six years old). These collaborative pieces, interpreted in photography, collage, sculpture, mosaic and painting, will be on display at the Nicholas F. Rizzo Fine Arts in Chatham, April 16 to April 19. 

The exhibition is part of the Madison Montessori School’s annual “Genuine Art” program, which is going on its 15th year.  This year’s theme, Counting on Creativity, draws inspiration from the literal and abstract world of mathematics.  The finished works of art will go to the highest bidders at a silent auction on Friday, April 19.  All proceeds will benefit and support the school’s scholarship fund.

“Genuine Art is simply wonderful,” says Robert MacDonald, featured artist and local Madison resident, who has volunteered his time and talents.  “The children have a wonderful experience working with serious, creative artists, and the artists experience the unfettered creativity of children.” 

MMS director Terry Armstrong says:  “Excitement is building as the children are becoming aware that the art show will be held soon, and they will get to see the finished pieces hanging in a gallery.” 

Gallery owners, Brenda and Nick Rizzo, also donating their space for the exhibition, feel “privileged to be hosting the Genuine Art Exhibition for Madison Montessori School.  Both Nick and I feel very strongly about art education in the school system at all levels,” Brenda Rizzo explains.   The Rizzos have established a scholarship for local high school students to pursue a career in the arts.

Other artists who have volunteered to mentor the young students include:  Lindsay Baydin, Sandy DeCristofaro, Linda Evans, Seth Ruggles Hiler, Jennifer Huebner, Judy Kinner, Sabine Mann, Debra Petitti, Michael and Christine Preston, Bill and Rossanna Stevenson, Katie Truk, and Bill Tuttle.        

The public is invited to view the exhibition from April 16 to April 19, 9 am to 5 pm.  The Nicholas F. Rizzo gallery is located at 32 Watchung Ave., Chatham.

Founded in 1981, Madison Montessori School models the philosophy of Maria Montessori, who recognized that children develop and learn at different rates and that an enriched environment has more benefits to the developing brain. Montessori education provides an unparalleled foundation for academic, social and executive functions critical for advanced problem solving and lifetime success.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Madison Montessori School, 973-966-9544, 19 Green Ave., Madison, NJ 07940 or www.madisonmontessorinj.org.

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