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Students Show Off Art at Yearly Show

Over 900 pieces of art created by students from Fairfield Public Schools is on display at the 36th annual Town Wide Student Art Show. The show features work from students ranging from elementary school to high school. The exhibit has been open since Monday in the lower level of the Barone Campus Center at Fairfield University and will remain open until tonight at 9 p.m.

Patty Erikson, the mother of a Jennings Elementary School student, said it is "so nice and so inspiring," to see all the student's art on display. Her daughter, Emily, a fourth-grader, said that it was "really cool" to see her art on exhibit.

"It is very exciting. We never came before, but now we want to come every year," Patty Erikson said.

The art displayed ranges from paintings and drawings to sculptures and pottery and many other forms of art, such as dresses made out of newspaper.

Thousands of students and their family members, as well as faculty, came through the show on Wednesday night during a reception held to honor the students hard work, which exemplifies the progression of work Fairfield students make from elementary school to high school.

"Every year it gets better," said Fairfield Ludlowe High School photography teacher Michele Hermsen, who has taught 15 years at Ludlowe. "You can see it in the younger students artwork. It is so sophisticated, you can really see the cultural diversity and research done to create the art."

The art show does not only honor the students whose art is displayed, but also the many teachers who work for the town's two high schools, three middle schools and 11 elementary schools.

Calder McCay, a sixth-grader at Tomlinson Middle School, said he is used to seeing his art on display, since he has been part of the show for many years. However, he said it is "always nice for me to look at other student's work."

His father, James, said: "I come every year and it's a great way to celebrate the kids and their art."

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