Swansfield fourth-graders' art selected for permanent display

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March 19, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SCULPTURES BY fourth-graders Kayla Fedor and David Ma of Swansfield Elementary School have been selected for permanent display at the Howard County Board of Education building.

The students and their families attended a ceremony presenting the artwork at the board's meeting last Thursday.

The board also signed a proclamation declaring March "Youth Art Month."

Art teacher Susan Hendricks described the works as "totemic sculptures," honoring a person -- or pet -- important to the artist.

The students glued scraps of wood to paint sticks and decorated them.

They also composed stories, describing the person or animal being honored.

Kayla's piece commemorates her pet fish, Princess Jasmine.

"I got her at the Howard County Fair," Kayla wrote. "She didn't live very long, but I miss her very much."

David's sculpture honors his best friend, Tony. "We like to go outside and play together," wrote David. "I am honoring him with this sculpture because he is such a good friend, and friends are important!"

Every year, the board chooses a few pieces to add to its permanent collection. "We try to pick pieces that are different from what we already have," said Barry Shauck, the schools' instructional facilitator for art.

The works are displayed throughout the Board of Education building on Route 108.

The two totemic sculptures were selected from an exhibit last year at Historic Savage Mill.

Also included in that exhibit were totemic sculptures by fourth-graders Carmen Fanzone, Rebecca Schindler, Yen Lee, Andre Campbell, Kaitlyn Ames, April Hyde, Elizabeth Jensen, Alex Brown and Laura Alexander.

Self-portraits on display

As part of Youth Art Month, self-portraits by students in kindergarten through high school are on display through April 19 at the Howard County Center for the Arts. An opening reception was held Friday evening at the center, 8510 High Ridge Road, in Ellicott City.

Most of the pieces are two-dimensional collages, pen-and-ink drawings or acrylics.

There are a few sculptures.

Theresa Colvin, acting executive director of the center, described the elementary school portraits as "charming," adding, The high school show is very strong."

The show includes portraits by Wilde Lake High School students Tom Kurzanski, Carolyn Rogers, Elizabeth Mathias and Kurt Mueller, and Atholton High School students Ning Ning Dai, Dan Kurland, Missy Gagdon, Elizabeth Manekin and Justin Pak.

Also on view are works by Courtney Patrick, Daphne Brookshire, Ben Finkle and Steven Calvary of Wilde Lake Middle School.

Representing Bryant Woods Elementary School are portraits by Joey Williams, Robbie O'Brien, Reva Eskinazi and Amber Daal.

Artwork by Jonathan Vinyos, Molie Elicker, Jessica Robey, Imani Collings and Alex Schieken of Longfellow Elementary School is also on display.

Self-portraits by Ryan Farley, Bika Mack-Williams, Rebecca Rothwell, Amber Wilcox and Crystal Taggart of Running Brook Elementary School are being shown.

Swansfield Elementary School students Amy Yu, Evan Leaphart, Joel Zaslow, Keschia Paul, Tiffany Stankewicz, Kaitlyn Ames and Megan Brosi contributed portraits to the exhibit.

Store aids local schools

Longtime Clary's Forest resident Steven Sachs believes that everyone needs to take some responsibility for educating the next generation.

The part-owner of Heavenly Ham in Dorsey's Search Village Center has initiated a coupon giveaway at several local schools.

Sachs is providing 1,305 coupons for free children's meals at his store -- plus 215 box lunches for school staff members -- to 14 area schools.

Bryant Woods and Clemens Crossing Elementary Schools and Wilde Lake Middle School will use the lunches to show appreciation for outstanding effort by teachers.

Other schools will give the coupons to students for achieving goals in attendance, reading or math. Clarksville, Dunloggin, Elkridge Landing, Hammond, Mount View and Owen Brown middle schools are participating in the program.

Also participating are Centennial Lane, Clarksville, Deep Run, Hammond and Lisbon elementary schools.

Sachs, who has two children in county schools, said the program will continue through the end of the school year. He plans to do it again next year. He says that Heavenly Ham, which sells ham products as well as kitchen accessories with a pig motif, frequently provides food and manpower for community events.

"Contributing to the community is important," said Sachs, a former employee of Rouse Insurance Inc.

"It's important to my business, and it's important to give something back to the community."

Band concert slated

Students from five west Columbia schools will perform Friday evening, in a concert featuring the Howard County Elementary Enrichment Band and the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Band.

The elementary band, directed by Wayne Binder and Kendall Davis, includes flutist Jill Stasak from Running Brook Elementary School, clarinetist Luci Mazzullo from Clemens Crossing Elementary School, and clarinetists Lauren Strauss and Erin Gallagher from Swansfield Elementary School.

Performing in the middle school band will be Wilde Lake Middle School students Katie Mazzullo on flute, Alana Auslegius and Christyn Johnson on clarinet, and Adam Arnold on trombone.

Also in the band are Harper's Choice Middle School students Kara Shapiro, clarinet; Tuere Pratt, bass clarinet; Adam Heyler, alto saxophone; and Mark Kessi, trombone.

Robert Chamberlin and David Smith direct the middle school band. Members of the bands are chosen by audition. The bands give only one concert, at 7: 30 p.m. Friday at Oakland Mills High School. Admission is free.

Pub Date: 3/19/97

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