Art men­tor­ing pro­gram leads to STArt! ex­hibit

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CH­ESTER — The Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil will host an art re­cep­tion for the par­tic­i­pants of their ini­tia­tive, STArt! (Stu­dents, Teach­ers, Artists). Four artists, four schools, 40 stu­dents and their art in­struc­tors took part in the one-on-one art men­tor­ing pro­gram in April. Artists Ric Conn, Will Hem­s­ley, Jonathan Shaw and Amy Cummins each taught at one of each of the county’s mid­dle schools, Cen­tre­ville, Mat­a­peake, Stevensville and Sudlersville, giv­ing stu­dents a four-hour art les­son in var­i­ous me­dia.

The art­work cre­ated rep­re­sents sev­eral medi­ums in­clud­ing gouache, wa­ter­color and acrylic. The pro­gram pairs pro­fes­sional artists with stu­dents for one-on-one in­struc­tion to pro­vide a unique and last­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. This is the sixth year the ini­tia­tive has been in place, re­ceiv­ing pos­i­tive feed­back from the stu­dents, par­ents, teach­ers and galler y vis­i­tors.

There will be a re­cep­tion from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fri­day, May 13, at the Ch­e­sa­peake Her­itage Cen­ter, 425 Piney Nar­rows Road, Ch­ester. The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend the re­cep­tion or view the ex­hibit dur­ing busi­ness hours from May 14 through 29.

STArt! pro­gram is sup­ported by the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil, the Mid­shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, Chroma Inc. and pri­vate donors.

CON­TRIBUTED PHOTO

Stevensville Mid­dle School stu­dents with art teacher Holly Schrader and artist Jonathan Shaw hold­ing his pere­grine fal­con, Tun­dra.

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