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Student art displayed at local gallery

April 11, 2005|by JANET HEIM

janeth@herald-mail.com

Artwork by Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts and Technology students is on display at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery at 41 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

Sandy Gray-Murray, art teacher at the magnet school, has been part of the effort to build community partnerships. She said the work was inspired by local visiting artists - Elizabet Stacey-Hurley, Laura Shindle and Erin Aylor - who work with the arts council gallery.

The first Emma K. Doub display was last month at the gallery and featured the work of 15 second-graders who worked with watercolors under the direction of Shindle. Eli Pollard, gallery director, said the work was "fantastic."

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"The kids were thrilled, which of course was the best part," Pollard said. "They just think it's really neat to have their work displayed in a 'real' gallery."

This month, landscape paintings created by Gray-Murray and 11 of her fourth- and fifth-grade students are displayed.

Pollard said the arts council is very community-oriented and does a lot for children but displaying student artwork in the gallery is new.

"This is kind of a new venue for us," he said.

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