“Art in Bloom” Show Features Student Art

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Students from OSSU elementary schools gather at Highland Center for the Arts and take in art that they, along with their peers, created.

HARDWICK – On Tuesday, April 4, Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union (OSSU) hosted its inaugural “OSSU Art in Bloom” fine and performing arts show at the Highland Center for the Arts (HCA) in Greensboro. The showcase featured works of visual art created by fourth- through twelfth-grade students from across the supervisory union, performances by combined bands and choirs from the Hazen Union and Craftsbury Schools music departments, as well as a short theater performance by Craftsbury drama students.

About 200 students in grades four through six attended an afternoon offering, and students, families, staff, and members of the local community were treated to an evening performance and showcase. In addition, the Hazen Union National Art Honor Society hosted a bake sale as a fundraiser for the student organization newly formed this school year.

Superintendent Dr. David Baker commented, “It was so inspiring to see our art and music students performing at the event. Our children really suffered a lack of exposure to the arts during the COVID pandemic. It was great to see such a strong return. Our goal over the next couple of years is to build a strong arts program in our supervisory union. It is just good for everyone!”

Cynthia Camber, visual art teacher at Hazen Union School said, “This was a wonderful, exciting event that provided our community an outstanding venue to showcase student artwork and musical accomplishments. The beautiful gallery walls at Highland Center for the Arts continue to dazzle community members with a wide range of student art through the middle of the month.”

The visual arts exhibit featuring over 800 pieces of art will remain on display in the HCA Gallery for public viewing through Sunday, April 16 (some pieces may be removed prior to this date for exhibit in other shows). Information can be found on the Highland Center for the Arts website at https://highlandartsvt.org

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