Annual elementary art show celebrates its 11th year

Photos by Kenneth Sosnowski
Sarah Meadows, Art Teacher.
Budding artist proudly pointing to his work.

Sunday, May 20, marked the 11th Annual City of Salem Elementary Art Show reception held at the Salem Public Library.

Twenty-five pieces of art were collected and displayed from each of the four Salem elementary schools (East Salem, G.W. Carver, South Salem and West Salem) and represented kindergarten through fifth-grade students taught by Ashley Harmon (G.W. Carver/West Salem) and Sarah Meadows (East Salem/South Salem).

The annual non-competitive exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of Salem Library, who not only assist in hanging the art but also host the reception, complete with an array of refreshments to satisfy every young artist’s sweet tooth. The reception is traditionally held on the Sunday following Mother’s Day.

The student artists are mailed personal invitations, which announce the entry of their work in the show. Their masterpieces, however, are not revealed until the reception itself.

“It adds a bit of mystery and excitement when the children don’t know which of their artwork made it into the show,” East and South Salem Art Teacher Sarah Meadows said. “They always enjoy the thrill of the hunt.”

For those who missed attending the reception, the show runs until the end of the month. Art can be viewed in the Salem Public Library Meeting Room.

-Submitted by Kenneth Sosnowski

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