PERU — The Peru Elementary School Art Show is a fantabulous example of young artists enriching the community they live in.
“This is the art show at the Peru Free Library,” said Katherine Cantwell, who teaches art at the school with colleague Greg Badger.
“It has been a tradition that has been going on for years now, at least 11 years,” she said. “This is continuing another year, and we have all kinds of work from kindergarten through sixth grade from the Peru Elementary School.”
Former art show exhibitors and Alpha Phi sorors from Plattsburgh State helped Cantwell and Badger to hang the exhibition.
In the library’s great room, there is a wall of amazing landscape paintings after Van Gogh by first graders. Rachel Premore Hanrahan chose a pink sky. Jordann King chose a blue sky and Noah LaBombard and K. Francis chose a green sky.
“We looked at texture and also Eric Carle’s stuff because he takes paper that is already prepared and cuts it out,” Badger said.
Another wall features a bank of mixed-media collages of peacocks based on a Chinese legend, “The Fiery Tale.”
First-graders riffed off glass sculptor Dale Chihuly using coffee filters.
“The ink bleeds into the coffee filters using reds, blues and yellows,” Badger said. “So, the primary colors bleed through and stain the paper. So these are Chihuly prints.”
Adjacent are large heads inspired by Picasso and Cubism.
“We talk about geometric shapes,” Badger said. “This is kindergarten. There are also chameleons in between. They are also Eric Carle. We talk about how they blend in with their surroundings and also use the colors to talk to each other. If they’re mad, they change color.”
The panes in the library’s French doors were blocked with color puddles.