Artists Bloom Again in the Fire House Gallery’s Final Show of
Artist’s 2014: Upcycling the Road to Literacy
up• cy• cle. verb. 1.reuse
(discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a
product of a higher quality or value than the original.
The Fire House Gallery’s exhibit season -- which begins in
September and concludes in June -- will end with its highly
popular Budding Artists exhibit for the third year in a row.
This year’s joint collaboration between Berryville Main
Street and the Heritage Child Development Center and Club House
is sure to please art lovers and environmentalists alike.
Drawing inspiration from such classics as Good Night Moon, The
Little Engine That Could and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts -- each
class is transforming collected recyclables and other items
designated for the trash or yard sale into works of art.
Creating art helps enhance tactile, visual, and gross motor
development in the younger children while giving older children
the chance to do creative problem solving that helps boost their
self-esteem. That’s why it’s a centerpiece of
Heritage’s educational curriculum supported by teacher, Aryana
McDonald who, according to parent and fellow exhibit “spark
plug,” Megan Jonkers, has a gift for drawing inspired work from
makes the endeavor especially noteworthy is the age of the
participants. For example, children in the six-week to one
year group are interpreting a book called Rainbow Fish. The
“older” ones will wear “paint suits,” and crawl across a large
canvas on the floor making marks until a beautiful rainbow
appears, then using shakers, will apply a variety of reflective
textures to finish the piece.
interpreting The Very Hungry Caterpillar, will paint in each
pane of a discarded window to illustrate the phases of the
metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly!
of the exhibit dates now and plan attend before it ends on the
22nd. If you’d like to meet the artists – and their proud
parents – stop by the opening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday,
June 6. Enjoy music provided by local performer and
fabulous “folkie,” Jackie Stem along with light refreshments.
Then make a night of it in Berryville by dining in one of its
many fine restaurants.