Local students’ work showcased at Maritime Aquarium

Princess Cureton, art instructor at North Mianus School in Greenwich, with four of her students whose works are featured in the 18th International Children’s Art Show. From left, Heather Zitzmann, Lilly Mitchell, Nima Gupte and Lika Amino.

Princess Cureton, art instructor at North Mianus School in Greenwich, with four of her students whose works are featured in the 18th International Children’s Art Show. From left, Heather Zitzmann, Lilly Mitchell, Nima Gupte and Lika Amino.

Nine Greenwich students have officially made it to the international art circuit, with their feature in a  special gallery show featuring 141 works by children from 22 countries, now open at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The 18th International Children’s Art Exhibit is presented by Creative Connections in Norwalk through Labor Day. The exhibit is displayed in The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX Theater lobby, which can be entered without an admission charge.

The show’s theme is Food for Thought. The drawings and paintings were created by children ages eight to 18-years old who were asked to illustrate a value or belief that is important in their culture. They also were challenged to show a food being cultivated, prepared, used or eaten.

Submissions were entered from students and budding artists worldwide. Entries by Greenwich students were as follows:. From Julian Curtiss Elementary School: Gabriella Meyerhoff (Working in the Garden), Deborah Orellana (Watering My Plants) and Iris Shi (The Moon Festival). From North Mianus School: Lika Amino (Back Home Again), Nima Gupte (Thanksgiving in Chile), Lilly Mitchell (Fun in the Summer) and Heather Zitzmann (Eggs Extravaganza!). From Greenwich High School: Bethany Johnson (Independence Day Barbecue) and Alexandra Lee (Biology Class).

Generally, moments or topics chosen as meaningful by Connecticut students focus on Thanksgiving and other cultural celebrations and activities that bring together family and friends for meals. But not all do. Daniel Brennan of Cloonan Middle School in Stamford skewed more toward social commentary; his “i-Dinner” notes Americans’ ability to find the nearest restaurant or order food at the push of a few buttons on their smart phones. And Victoria Silva-Meza of Side-by-Side School in Norwalk reminds us that we sometimes seek out food for comfort. Her “My Kitten Leo” shows a family trip to an ice cream parlor after the death of their cat.

Previously during the school year, the artwork by American students was exchanged with pieces by the students overseas, allowing insights into their partners’ cultures.

Exhibit sponsors include Fairfield County Bank and Peralta Design, with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development as well as the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

For more details about other exhibits, IMAX movies, programs and more visit Maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.

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