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Art by St. James students to be featured as part of annual Sewickley Gallery Walk

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

St. James Church members and St. James School students will join the art community as they participate for the first time in the Sewickley Gallery Walk on April 26.

St. James' Frames Arts Show will include works from children through older adults, from those just starting out to more well-known artists, during a reception and show from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Gathering Space at the Sewickley church.

The show will feature two- and three-dimensional art, as well as student-designed calendars and note cards.

Janet Chace of Edgeworth, organizer, said the event, in part, is to celebrate the school's 100th and church's 150th anniversaries.

“Janet has some amazing artists participating and collaborated with the students of the school and the art teachers to produce a one-of-a-kind 2014 calendar,” said Molly Torbic, member of the church who is helping with anniversary events.

Artists, all members of St. James Church, have been asked to submit a maximum of three entries of paintings, photographs, sculptures, fiber art, quilts or other types of art.

Participants include: Cynthia Phillips; Beth and Gerry Marsico; Robert Doebler; Robert Kluz; Carol Shannon; Eileen McConomy; Margi Gergory; Lynee Phelps; Nicole Mangin; Diane Stetzer; Starr Hull; Janet Puglia; Sharron Schaefer; Sheila O'Sullivan; Nicole Mangin; and George Berry. Young artists participating include: Amanda Lyon, 17; Makenzie Smith, 13, and Heidi vandenBosche, 10.

St. James School also will sell 200 of the 2014 calendars with a free-standing frame to hold one month at a time, designed by St. James students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

The same pictures featured on the calendars also were used to produce 100 sets of note cards. Both the calendar and set of notecards will be sold for $12 each.

Chace said after costs are covered, all money raised will go back to the St. James art department.

Featured on the back of each month in the calendar are thoughts and poems from students. Instructors gathered the children's pictures and thoughts and combined them all into poems or a written piece to display on the calendar.

Chace said each grade was assigned a particular month. January's theme is cardinals, and the pictures were designed and thoughts written by third-graders.

For February, kindergarten students were asked what makes their hearts sing to match the theme, “Heart Felt.” Some of the answers were: going to “Na Na's” house, cupcakes, playing hockey and their parents. The children colored hearts that then were put onto a doily. All were photographed together to include in the calendar.

Chace said the children have been working on the project since September with help from their art teachers, Sheila O'Sullivan band Denise Vular.

“They are spectacular and so charming,” Chace said. “It this goes as well as I'm hoping, we will do an reorder.”

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406

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