Exuberance and early Skaneateles collided at the library this week as the State Street School art exhibit officially opened on Thursday Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. Oil portraits of early settlers and Patience Brewster Gregg's whimsical mural are now in even better company with the artwork of State Street's resident art teacher Sue Barry' students. Barry has been instructing art for 16 years at the school with approximately 350 students under her direction this year. Fifty-six drawings, prints and etchings are now on display in the library, which also houses the John Barrow Art Gallery.
This is actually the first exhibit of its kind in the library, and was the brain child of librarian, Jennifer Dembs who thought it might brighten up the library especially during the winter doldrums. And she was right, as the artwork is bright and cheery and it drew a crowd to the library for the opening that was quite exciting.
Students interpreted many celebrated artists in their classes such as Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and American Folk Artist Laurel Burch.
"It is exciting," said former teacher, turned librarian Nancy Graham, who is in charge of ordering the children's books for the Library.
The new student's artwork will be on display throughout the month of February.
"These are truly delightful pieces and are really adding some cheer here," Library Director Kathy Mosher said.