Works by 10 Greenwich students included in international children’s art show

“Fourth of July” by Olivia Schnefke, 14, of Greenwich High School

“Fourth of July” by Olivia Schnefke, 14, of Greenwich High School

Drawings by 10 Greenwich students are among those featured in a special gallery show featuring 121 works by children from 20 countries, now open at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Students from Julian Curtiss Elementary, North Mianus School and Greenwich High School have entries in the 19th International Children’s Art Exhibit, presented by Creative Connections of Norwalk now through Sept. 1.

“A Day of Activity” by Tyler Friedman, 11, of Julian Curtiss Elementary School

“A Day of Activity” by Tyler Friedman, 11, of Julian Curtiss Elementary School

The exhibit is free because it is displayed in The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX® Theater lobby, which can be entered without paid admission.

“Technology Rules My Life” by Tigan Hanratty, 14, of Greenwich High School

“Technology Rules My Life” by Tigan Hanratty, 14, of Greenwich High School

Theme of the 2015 show is “Picture the Moment.” The drawings and paintings were created by children in Grades 3 to 12 who were asked – through Creative Connections’ ArtLink program – to draw and paint pictures that “thoughtfully capture a moment depicting one’s ethnic and cultural identity.”

“Culture” by Brandon Alday, 15, of Greenwich High School

“Culture” by Brandon Alday, 15, of Greenwich High School

Generally, the exhibit proves that moments or topics chosen as meaningful by Connecticut students – family, friends, traditions, faith and activities – are similarly important to children around the globe. Pieces are included from 20 countries, including Uganda, Nigeria, Japan, Jordan, Cyprus, Russia, China, Sri Lanka and Brazil.

“Whitewater Rafting” by Tori Ware, 9, of North Mianus School

“Whitewater Rafting” by Tori Ware, 9, of North Mianus School

Children from Connecticut — including dozens from schools in Fairfield County — are equally represented. Entries by the Greenwich students are:

“Catskill Summer” by Quinn McGeary, 10, of North Mianus School

“Catskill Summer” by Quinn McGeary, 10, of North Mianus School

Julian Curtiss Elementary School — “The Locket” by Ella Lamigo, 10; “Day at the Fair” by Alexandra Aravides, 10; and “A Day of Activity” by Tyler Friedman, 11.

“Night Boat” by Zachary Chalnick, 9, of North Mianus School

“Night Boat” by Zachary Chalnick, 9, of North Mianus School

North Mianus School — “Night Boat” by Zachary Chalnick, 9; “Catskill Summer” by Quinn McGeary 10; and “Whitewater Rafting” by Tori Ware, 9.

“Day at the Fair” by Alexandra Aravides, 10, of Julian Curtiss Elementary School

“Day at the Fair” by Alexandra Aravides, 10, of Julian Curtiss Elementary School

Greenwich High School — “Culture” by Brandon Alday, 15; “Technology Rules My Life” by Tigan Hanratty, 14; “Times Square” by Melanie Murphy, 15; and “Fourth of July” by Olivia Schnefke, 14.

“The Locket” by Ella Lamigo, 10, of Julian Curtiss Elementary School

“The Locket” by Ella Lamigo, 10, of Julian Curtiss Elementary School

Previously during the school year, artwork by American students was exchanged with pieces by the students overseas, allowing insights into their partners’ cultures. Many schools also held videoconferences with a partner international school to share information about the project and themselves.

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.

“Times Square” by Melanie Murphy, 15, of Greenwich High School

“Times Square” by Melanie Murphy, 15, of Greenwich High School

Creative Connections is a non-profit international cultural exchange organization that educates young people by encouraging their awareness, understanding and appreciation of other cultures as well as of their own. Learn more at www.creativeconnections.org.

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

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