Great attendance at Palisades Center with Nanuet and Beyond, Inc. for the 9th Annual Art & Culture Exhibition in celebration of student artwork! This year's theme was "Uniquely Me."
Over 100 pieces of Student art from the Nanuet Union Free School District grades K-12 were on display at the Palisades Center from March 10-March 24 at 19 different businesses throughout the Palisades Center.
On the final day, all the art was brought to an exhibit area on the Palisade's first-floor atrium (opposite H&M) for an open reception.
Almost all of the 100+ students were on hand with family, guardians, and friends to see the art on display. Snacks and water were available and background music was provided by Bach to Rock, a local Nanuet business providing music lessons to students of all ages. The Nanuet High School Orchestra under the direction of Melanie Sadoff offered a selection of both contemporary and classical music.
Guest speakers included George Hoehmann, Clarkstown Town Supervisor, Dr. Kevin McCahill, Superintendent of the Nanuet Union Free School District, and Ms. Kodi Todd, Chair of the Nanuet Schools Art Department. One of the student winners was invited up to offer comments and encouragements to all the participants. The Town of Clarkstown had provided each participating student with a Certificate of Merit on behalf of Clarkstown recognizing their participation in the event.
Twenty-Nine judges that included artists, sculptors, teachers, administrators, alumni and community volunteers selected Honorable Mention and First Place winners from each of the 4 schools (George W. MIller Elementary School (grades K-2); Highview Elementary (grades 3-4); A.MacArthur Barr Middle School (grades 5-8) and Nanuet Senior High School. An overall Best in Show was also selected.
George Mollo, President of Nanuet and Beyond offered a brief overview of Nanuet and Beyond and noted the individuals, businesses, Palisades Center (especially Ms. Keri Cunningham, Marketing Director), Nanuet Union Free School District, Nanuet Art teachers, Nanuet Superintendent, Clarkstown Supervisor, Nanuet Chamber of Commerce, Nanuet HS Junior Chamber of Commerce and the volunteer Board of Nanuet and Beyond for working together to make this event a success.
On a personal note, Mr. Mollo noted: "Each year I am impressed with the talent of our students which seems to improve year over year. This year’s art exhibition was no exception. I was especially impressed with each student’s interpretation of this year’s “Uniquely Me” theme. Once again our appreciation to the Nanuet School art teachers and most importantly the student artists as well."
Mr. Mollo then presented "Certificates of Best Artist" and gift card awards to the Honorable Mention and First Place winners as well as Best in Show.