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Artwork by Alamance-Burlington students is displayed Tuesday at Holly Hill Mall in Burlington.

Scott Muthersbaugh / Times-News

Artwork by Alamance-Burlington students is displayed Tuesday at Holly Hill Mall in Burlington.

Student artwork goes on display in Holly Hill Mall
By Isaac Groves The Times-News 11/28/13  
Reprinted with permission.

   The fifth annual Art D’vine showcase of artwork from students in the Alamance-Burlington School System and charter schools is on display at Holly Hill Mall, in the old American Eagle store, until Dec. 8.

   “Oh, they’re so excited,” said Kathy Bennett, art teacher at E.M. Holt and Altamahaw-Ossipee elementary schools. “I had a parent call (the organizer) to give verbal permission the day of the deadline because she wanted to make sure her student got his art in the exhibit.”

   Alamance Citizens for Education organizes the showcase and family gala, already passed, every year.

   This year’s exhibit is open during the mall’s regular hours for shoppers, mall walkers, parents or anyone else to see the students’ work.

   On the right side are the elementary school contributions, some of which are really impressive. They drew with charcoal, pastels and water colors, and did a lot with collage and other mixed media.

   Hailey Kirkman, a third-grade student at Highland Elementary School, drew a gorgeous blue and green peacock in pastels called “Pretty Peacock.”

   Gavin Leadbetter, an E.M. Holt fifth-grader, shows a good hand with a colored-pencil drawing of flowers growing from a central point called “Radial Symmetry.”

   Fifth-grader Alexis Conn displayed an African-style drawing of a fish, turtle and goose on brown paper cut and laid on white paper with a pattern done in spots in the background.

   The collection of clay masks is near the back of the store on a shelf under the cardboard sculpture of fifth-grader Eric Matkins’ dog Bella.

   Sydney Harris, an Eastern High School senior, had a stand-out effort with an eerie blue mask with bat-wing-like ears and a remarkably smoothlooking surface.

   Do not touch.

   Most of the high school work is on display on the left side of the store.

   There are more oil paintings and etchings on that side, like Williams High School junior Pedro Chahuiz-Baltizar’s “El Gallo,” a vivid oil painting of a rooster in front of a brick wall.

   After a quick trip through the exhibit, Wayne Hendrix said he was pleased with some of the work.

   “Some of these kids are pretty talented,” he said.

   For more information about ACE or to volunteer, visit alamanceforeducation.org   or call 336-438-2027.