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LPS "Art Through The Ages" Exhibit Opens at the Mall

Barbara Anderson, Sammie Caruso

Friday, April 25, 2014 • 4:48am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The annual Livingston Public Schools art show, “Art Through the Ages,” opened on Thursday night to large crowds at the Livingston Mall. Over 1,000 pieces of art decorated the venue, and will remain there until Sunday April 27. Proud teachers, students, and parents gathered to admire the art produced by Livingston Public School (LPS) students in grades K-12. In addition, members of the National Art Honor Society, under the direction of Linda Majzner, were on hand to pass out programs created by Victoria Gioioso, and help with refreshments.

The show, coordinated by Janice Reis, lead teacher at the High School, and Martha Ackermann, involves work from the entire school year, in the forms of: photography, digitally-produced images, prints, oil and watercolor paintings, collages, pastel and lead drawings, ceramics, computer graphics, jewelry, and sculptures, which were created by students in the varied classes offered in the Visual Arts Curriculum of LPS schools.

Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts, Robert Wirth said in his speech, “The goal of tonight is to experience the extraordinary artwork on display, and it is also to celebrate our students, without whom this show would not be possible.”

Elementary school art teacher Dolly Mendes, who was meeting and greeting parents and students said, “Opening night is a great opportunity to meet and greet students and family members, showcase our art program, and share our student talent with the community. I am always so impressed by the quality of work and the talent of our students. Hopefully, everyone will come and support the arts in our school district.”

The Livingston Public Schools Art Department teachers: Katherine Abrams, Nancy Babey, Nadia Bacher, Arlene Brown, Jason Daily, Pamela Fenelon, Alexandra Fiore, Victoria Gioioso, Christopher Iannuzzi, Linda Kleban, Barbara Levy, Linda Majzner, Dolly Mendes, Steven Milano, Janice Reis, Wendy Rosenberg, Jennifer Sarracino and Wirth, who put in many hours collecting the best works from hundreds of students district-wide, completed the mounting, matting and preparing, and then spent the whole day prior to the event at the mall setting up the art, which was beautifully displayed throughout the mall.

Students searched for their art pieces and excitedly pulled their family members to them. There were many proud moments as children stood for photos with their creations.

After getting down on floor level to examine her butterfly, student Amanda Neff exclaimed, “I am amazed at all of the beautiful artwork here at the art show.”

While examining the sculpture area, parent Susan Larney stated that she was “impressed with the intricately-detailed work. Very professional looking and market ready.”

Each year, an added highlight of the evening is the musical performance of the Livingston High School Lancer Jazz Bands, directed by James Hegedus and Michael Jedwabnik. This year did not disappoint. Whether listening to upbeat music as an accompaniment to browsing the displays, or taking a seat close by to watch the musicians, the music enhanced the experience.

“What a wonderful opportunity for the Lancer Jazz band to show off its talents,” said guest Cindy Richard.

To read what Superintendent of Schools John B. Alfieri, Ed.D. had to say about the show, click HERE.

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