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“Organic and Raw,” the O’Bryant’s first Visual Arts Exhibition captures the spirit and energy of over 100 students from grades 9-12, who have been dedicated participants in launching the new Visual Arts Program. Nature and our students’ own “Raw and Organic” talent was my inspiration in bringing the show together. I love nature and the Masters and they seamlessly work together to inspire the beauty in life. I challenged my student artists with the simplicity of finding the beauty of a tree branch. Students, most who never had formal art classes before this year, began with paper and pencils for drawing but I wanted to give the students the opportunity and option to do more. Drawings and paintings inspired by The Masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo dominate the exhibition. Sculptures using recycled materials such as cardboard and wood and other mixed media were used to create 3D sculptures. Using recycled materials is both cost effective, socially conscious and speaks to the beauty in all things. Our first exhibit opened on January 25th to the delight of many. Thanks to musical accompaniment by the O’Bryant Music Department, the Elliot School for loaning us exhibit displays and the Madison Park Carpentry Department for providing additional displays. It takes a village.

Ms. Dos Reis
Visual Arts Teacher