Student work shines at Southern Fulton art festival

April 21, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - More than 1,200 pieces of art dangled from the ceiling, lined the walls, filled tables, hung from temporary displays and spilled into the hallway during Southern Fulton School District's 10th annual Art Festival Sunday at the elementary school.

And among the artwork walked the students who created the pieces.

"All of the pictures were great," said Ashlyn Gregory, 8.

Ashlyn, of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., found her cat art hanging among her classmates', and pointed it out to her parents and younger sister.

"I did painting, and I drew on the back. I cut it out," said Ashlyn, a second-grader.

Kelly Elbin and Christine Barlow, who both graduate from high school this year, had several pieces of their work from various genres displayed.

"Even though we're a small school, we have a lot to offer," said Kelly, who noted that about 65 students are in her graduating class.


Kelly and Christine have been finalists for the prestigious Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence.

The show, which drew about 400 people, featured acrylics, watercolors, pencils, ceramics, weavings, and pen and inks.

"We pretty much hit it all," art teacher Carolyn Mottern said.

Mottern works with all students in the district, from the basic art classes to the specialized ones in high school.

"I get them in first grade, and I'm a graduation adviser, so I get to hand them their diplomas, as well," Mottern said.

Also being handed to seniors will be scholarships, partly funded by the art auction held Sunday.

"We've had pieces go from anywhere from $25 to, one year, we had a piece go for $150," Mottern said.

Mottern also worked with KidsArt Fairs to host a sale in which framed elementary pieces were priced at $29.95 apiece. The schools received $6 from each sale.

"We'll put that money right back into things for the students," Mottern said.

"Mrs. Mottern is pretty good about exposing us to everything," Christine said.

Christine, 17, said she enjoys photography, while Kelly, 18, often works with acrylics on canvas.

"I really like the creativity. Mrs. Mottern will give us an assignment and everyone can go out on their own," Kelly said.

"I think art is really important. People need to appreciate art and support art because it's usually the first thing cut," Mottern said.

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