Major celebrations as art show comes alive

ROLL UP, ROLL UP: Year 6 students Jake Sims and Jocelyn Walmsley were preparing for the celebrations to begin yesterday. Photo: Barry Smith 050416BSA04YOUNG students had the exciting experience of seeing their school hall thrown open with a flourish, the red carpet rolled out and their work up in lights when the Tamworth South Public School art show opened last night.
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The show is in its fifth year, the theme is celebrations and there are more than 300 entries on display. It’s also the school’s 60th anniversary at its present location, so there was memorabilia, too.

Co-ordinator Maryann Falkenmire said the entries included paintings, sculptures and collages, and the class entries were of a particularly highstandard this year.

But she said the great thing was the works were all age-appropriate – created by the children themselves with, at most, only guidance from adults.

“The kids don’t actually see their artwork displayed until (opening night) – they come along, have a barbecuedinner, then spot on the dot at six, we’ll have a big official opening and then we have the big roller door opened, the lights will go up and they’ll see it for the first time,” Mrs Falkenmire said before the event.

Department of Education regional director Ruythe Dufty had the proud job of officially opening the show.

The judges – photographer Paul Singh, Tamworth Regional Gallery’s Kate Armstrong and Indigenous elder Yvonne Kent – made their selections that morning.

“Some people have done beautiful dragons, fireworks at the Opera House, the Olympics, Easter – it’s a moreversatile theme than in the past,” Mrs Falkenmire said.

Students worked on their individual entries at home and group entries in class.

“It was started … as a way kids could just showcase their talent,” she said.

“Every child could do something for the art show – there is no cost to enter and the winner of each division gets a small voucher.”

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