GREENE — Friends, family members and patrons gathered at Morse Memorial Library recently to get a first look at new paintings created by students in Kara Getty’s sixth grade Gifted and Talented Art Class at Greene Central School.
Over the winter, the library’s executive board invited students to create artwork to decorate the library’s children’s area. When Getty and her students agreed to take on the project, they started by walking to the library on an icy winter afternoon to look at the display space and exchange ideas with librarian Steve Bouchard.
The students then worked through the winter and spring, developing those ideas and refining and revising their paintings. They created their vibrant artworks using acrylic paints on canvas.
At the unveiling, each student discussed the inspiration for their painting.
“I felt that a butterfly really has a free spirit like people do,” said Isabella Westman. “Butterflies have the same concept of setting you free as books do when you find the right book to read.”
“Two animals remind me of books and reading: owls and wolves,” said Amaya Bubier. “So, I decided to do a wolf.”
“I felt that the concept of a library theme involved nature and a colorful scheme, so I incorporated colorful books in substitution for leaves on a tree,” said Molly of her painting. “I also wanted to show a child enjoying their place in nature.” [Molly’s parents requested her last name not be used].
“I’m so impressed with the vision and confidence these works express,” said Bouchard. “These paintings will make an exciting new addition to our library’s children’s area.”
“It’s been wonderful to see the growth of my students as they’ve worked on this project over the past several months,” said teacher Kara Getty. The project was such a success that plans are underway to repeat it next year.
Morse Memorial Library is at 105 Main St., just off U.S. Route 202 and a quarter mile down from Greene Central School. Open hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 207-946-5544 or visit www.morse.lib.me.us.
PHOTO: From left, teacher Kara Getty, Molly, Isabella Westman, Amaya Bubier and Greene Central School staffer Bethany Lyons. (Submitted photo)