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"Children Draw Attention to Child Abuse" Art Exhibit

 

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Artist Peggy Sherry works with preschool students recreating a Georgia O'Keefe painting.
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L-R: Peggy Sherry, Daphne and Rev. Bruce Swinehart from St. Patrick Preschool enjoying the exhibit.

Children enrolled in the preschool program at St. Patrick Preschool in Somerset have been working with local artist Peggy Sherry to recreate great works of art in their own style in order to bring attention to child abuse.

An opening reception to showcase the work of the children will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at noon in SCC's Stoner Hall, Room 101 on the Somerset North Campus, located at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset. Pam Eads, director of the Lake Cumberland Children Advocacy Program, will speak at the opening event.

The artwork will also be on exhibit in the East End Gallery at Somerset Community College through April 30.

The purpose of the exhibit is to bring awareness to the community about child abuse and the importance of recognizing and reporting possible occurrences of abuse. For the project, children enrolled in both the morning and afternoon sessions of preschool at St. Patrick Preschool recreated great works of art in their own unique style.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program at Somerset Community College. Partners for the exhibit are: St Patrick Preschool, Carrie Altmaier, director; Artist Peggy Sherry; and Darlene Libbey, associate professor of art at Somerset Community College.

The opening reception and the exhibit are both free and open to the public.

The exhibited works include:

Two Sisters (On the Terrace) by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2002-2003 after Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Water Lilies by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2003-2004 after Claude Monet
The Bath by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2008-2009 after Mary Cassatt
Convergence by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2009-2010 after Jackson Pollock
Three Musicians by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2006-2007 after Jackson Pollock
Danseuse assise (Seated Dancer) by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2007-2008 after Edgar Degas
Sunflowers by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2005-2006 after Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Night by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2004-2005 after Vincent Van Gogh
Farm Garden with Sunflowers by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2010-2011 after Gustav Klimt
White Shell w/Red by the children of St. Patrick Preschool 2011-2012 after Georgia OKeefe

St. Patrick is a program that serves children three to five years old. The program is National Association of Education Young Children (NAEYC) accredited and has a Four Star Rating through the Stars program that's sponsored by the state of Kentucky. Both of these honors are on a volunteer basis. The program is licensed by the Commonwealth of the Kentucky