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September 22, 2018

CNY Arts Center presents ‘Faces of Fulton’


FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center will debut a new exhibit “Faces of Fulton: People, Places and Feelings of Fulton” as created by students in the Fulton Community School Extended Day Program under the direction of artist Kendra Matott and Community School coordinator Janice Scott.

Jeremiah Russell works on his landscape painting for the "Faces of Fulton" project. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter .com or call 598-ARTS (2787).

Jeremiah Russell works on his landscape painting for the “Faces of Fulton” project. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter .com or call 598-ARTS (2787).

The Art Exhibit was created in the after school Art Club for students in the Extended Day Program through a collaboration of CNY Arts Center and Fulton Community School.

CNY Arts Center Artist Kendra Matott has been working with fifth and sixth graders for several weeks to express their feelings about Fulton through three different art projects.

Those projects will culminate in an art exhibit on display at CNY Arts Center March 27 through 29 with a reception for students, family, friends and community on the 27th from 5 to 7 p.m.

During weekly Art Club students have explored Fulton as their hometown from their perspectives of people, places and feelings. Students have worked to create a landscape, a portrait and an abstract piece under the guide of Instructor Matott, an artist and published author active in CNY Arts Center.

“We have tackled three different projects with the central idea related to Fulton as the student’s hometown. First, we discussed landscapes and they shared what places made them think of Fulton. I took photographs of these places and they created paintings or drawings based on the photos. Next, we discussed people that they associate with Fulton and we explored layering portraits with other photos using Photoshop. Last, we talked about how each student felt about Fulton and they created abstract, mixed media pieces that could reflect these feelings,” Matott  said. “Students were also asked to write short artist’s statements explaining their ideas for each project.”

Arts Center director Nancy Fox noted, “Our partnership with the Community School demonstrates the impact an active arts environment can have and we appreciate the opportunity to work closely with the school to serve these children. We are also very interested to see the interpretation of these students in regards to what life is like for the future leaders of our city. We hope educators as well as community leaders will take time to see the exhibit and give voice to these young people. We trust it will be insightful.”

Students pause during work on the "Faces of Fulton: people, places and feelings of Fulton" for a group photo during Fulton Community School Extended Day Program. Back row, from left: Jenna Loomis, Dakota Cook, Aryona Digrigorio, Robert Vincent, Jeremiah Russell, Samantha Hoyt and Reise Sharlow. Front row, from left: Sophia Smith, Kendra Gardner, Evalynn Dickens, Alexia Lucieer.

Students pause during work on the “Faces of Fulton: people, places and feelings of Fulton” for a group photo during Fulton Community School Extended Day Program. Back row, from left: Jenna Loomis, Dakota Cook, Aryona Digrigorio, Robert Vincent, Jeremiah Russell, Samantha Hoyt and Reise Sharlow. Front row, from left: Sophia Smith, Kendra Gardner, Evalynn Dickens, Alexia Lucieer.

Extended Day is an After School program within the Fulton Community School.

Selected participants in grades 5-8 have been exploring Fulton through project based learning led by teachers Dan Stadtmiller, Eric Koproski, Karen Noel and Laura Lizotte.

The students created ABC books that will be distributed to each elementary school highlighting a feature of Fulton for each letter of the alphabet.

This art project  further illustrates their sense of community.

A Community School is a strategy for organizing the resources of the community around student success.

The Fulton Community School, located at the junior high school, also offers educational workshops and activities open to the whole community, services of community based organizations and mentoring.

The exhibit, “Faces of Fulton: People, places and feelings of Fulton” will run for one weekend only, March 27 -29 at CNY Arts Center Gallery located at 11 River Glen Drive on the Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus.

The exhibit will be open Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter .com or call 598-ARTS (2787).

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