Putting themselves in the picture

The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk has opened its annual international children’s art show that includes works from right here in town.

According to the aquarium, 150 pieces of art by children from 30 countries are on display, including works from four students at North Mianus School. The theme of this year’s free show is “Putting Myself in the Picture.” The drawings and paintings were created by children who were asked to draw what they value most in their culture. The catch? They had to put themselves somewhere in the work. The children’s responses and talents range broadly but reflect activities, celebrations and everyday occurrences that are important in their worlds.

Four North Mianus students not only put themselves in the picture, they were good enough at doing it be considered some of the best of the best internationally. These honored students are Makenna Goeller, 9, who used pastels to draw her family around their decorated tree in “Christmas Day”, Stephanie Abbazia, 9, who showed her family’s fall trip to Silverman’s Farm in Easton in “Apple Picking”, Eden Rowe, 9, who depicted her family in a gardening celebration in “Buster Bailey Day” and Ian Thomas Foster, 9, who drew himself running in a fund-raising race in “The Walk.”

The 16th International Children’s Art Exhibit is presented by Creative Connections in Norwalk and co-sponsored by DHL Express. The exhibit is free because it is displayed in the Aquarium’s Cascade Café and adjacent hallway, which can be entered without paying Maritime Aquarium admission.

The majority of pieces came from 30 countries across the globe, including China, Poland, Uganda, Cambodia, Guatemala, Latvia, Kenya and Ireland. The exhibit will be open at The Maritime Aquarium through Aug. 1.

For more details about other exhibits, IMAX movies, programs and more at The Maritime Aquarium this summer, go to maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.

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