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An artistic side to Solvay

Young artists of all age and skill levels are taking advantage of the opportunity to publicly display their artwork this spring in and around the Solvay area, from the community library to downtown Syracuse.

Solvay Public Library hosted an artist reception on Sunday, April 27, for the Elementary and Middle school artists whose work is being displayed throughout the library.

This was the first year the annual show included grades six through eight, said Solvay Middle School art teacher Bridget Nadzan.

Cara Burton, the library director, really supports us by letting us use the library, Nadzan said.

Elementary art teacher Susan Jacobson added the PTO provided refreshments for the reception, which also included a performance by Moreland the Magician.

Art is on display throughout the library, including the community room on the ground level. Middle school art teacher Sheila Albanese said some of the pieces were completed as far in advance as the beginning of the school year, and students saved them to exhibit in the show.

Nick Calabrese, a seventh grader, said he was excited to have the chance to show his work to the public.

I'm very excited, to show everybody I can be good at something, he said. His sculpted clay face jug, modeled after those made by African slaves in the 1800s, is on display at the library.

Nick's father, Michael, said the show was a wonderful chance to highlight the many talented students.

Albanese also mentioned the abundance of young talent she has encountered at Solvay throughout her first year teaching in the district.

They love art, Albanese said of the students. There are a lot of talented artists here in Solvay, and they are so excited about art.

Albanese also acknowledged that many parents are very involved with their children, as evidenced by the attendance at the reception.

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