Art by Clemmons Middle School students will be on permanent display
Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 20, 2019
Student artists at Clemmons Middle can now say, “You know, my art is part of a permanent collection.”
That permanent collection will be on display at Trinity Elms Assisted Living in Clemmons.
Here’s the story of how that came to be:
Earlier, students of Katherine Howard, who teaches visual arts at Clemmons Middle, helped Tess McMullen, the administrator at Trinity Elms, put together an art show in connection with Trinity Elms’ celebration of its 20th anniversary.
“For our party we wanted to do an art show from the local elementary, middle and high schools as well as a string quartet from West Forsyth High School to serve as entertainment during our party,” McMullen said. “Well, it was so much more well-received than we ever imagined!”
“The residents, families and staff roamed the halls looking at the artwork for hours. It was a huge hit and the residents were sad when we had to return the artwork.”
When Howard heard about how much everyone enjoyed the art, she offered to have her students create chalk pastels to donate as a permanent collection for the residents to enjoy.
The students tackled the project enthusiastically.
“My students were incredibly dedicated to their work because they were excited about their art being on permanent display at Trinity Elms,” Howard said. “I think it this is such a wonderful opportunity to get the arts into our community, and it will bring tremendous joy to the residents at Trinity Elms.”
McMullen was delighted that Howard made the offer.
“I was thrilled when Ms. Howard said she had more artwork for us and that we could keep it.” McMullen said. “We are so pleased to partner with Ms. Howard and Clemmons Middle School on this art project.”
“Our residents will greatly appreciate the talented artwork being displayed compliments of Clemmons Middle School!”
On Friday Jane 7, the art was delivered to Trinity Elms. Once it is hung, the residents will be able to savor it every day.
Students donating their art to Trinity Elms include:
• Ashley Hiller
• Mackenzie Clegg
• Julian Diaz-Pineda
• Morgan Spaulding
• Aidyn Walkush
• Rachel Davies
• Olivia Guerrini
• William Conlan
• Gretchen Grider
• Caroline Hogan
• Ryann Perry