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Nearly 200 students show off artwork at Gouverneur library

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GOUVERNEUR — Sculptures, paintings and glitter will decorate the loft at the Reading Room Association, 60 Church St., through March 31 for the fifth annual elementary art show.

Fourth- and-fifth-graders from Gouverneur Central School and St. James School, 20 S. Gordon St., are showing off their artwork in an exhibit that opened Feb. 10 on the second floor of the library.

The art show is a tradition the Gouverneur Arts Club started in 2010. The first year the club had only eight art entries, but this year it had close to 191, according to Marilyn C. Putman, show coordinator.

“When you start something like this, there’s always a learning curve,” Ms. Putman said. “Part of it is school population, but there’s really no way of telling what each year’s participation will be like.”

Ms. Putman said because of limited space to show the artwork, organizers encouraged artwork done on paper, but they received “a little bit of everything,” including a sculpture of ice fishing and an ice skate made out of wire.

“There was a lot of glitter on the winter scenes,” Ms. Putman said. “There is a wild variety.”

The theme for this year’s exhibit is “weather fun.”

“We wanted an open-ended type of idea so the kids could fill in the gaps with their imaginations,” Ms. Putman said. “It’s good for the kids to have their art shown in the community. It’s a little bit of a bigger deal than just having it up at school.”

This is Kayla M. Merchant’s first year as art teacher at St. James School.

She said she had six fifth-graders and 13 fourth-graders participate in the art show.

“The whole experience was fun for me because I got to see them come up with their own creative ideas and artwork,” she said.

An artist reception will be held for the children and families from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, during which awards will also be given out.

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