Tuesday, September 22, 2020

TBE showcases ‘Authors and Artists’

 

 

By Noelle H. Lowery
noelle@coastalbreezenews.com

Tommie Barfield Elementary held its annual celebration of the artistic and writing endeavors of its students last week at “Authors and Artists Night.”

In addition to the displays of original student art throughout the school, this year’s event included a booking signing by sea life author and artist Janeen Mason, as well as lessons in chalk art by Evyn Graef, an award-winning artist and junior at

First-grader Kaitlin Campbell paints a flower in the breezeway. PHOTOS BY NOELLE LOWERY

First-grader Kaitlin Campbell paints a flower in the breezeway. PHOTOS BY NOELLE LOWERY

Naples High School. Attendees also enjoyed musical performances by the Marco Island Strummers, the TBE Morning Musicians, Mr. Ed Laudise’s fifth grade class and various individual students playing the piano, violin and guitar.

“About 15 years ago, enthusiastic PTO members and teachers decided to invite authors and artists to interact with our students and it’s been the culminating event of the year ever since,” explains Dr. Jory Westberry, TBE’s

Original pieces of artwork were showcased throughout the school.

Original pieces of artwork were showcased throughout the school.

principal.

“Each (student) writes an original book and creates many beautiful works of art that are included in the books and posted all over the school. Parents and community members are invited to attend and share in the joy of creativity,” she adds.

Students received pre-event visits from Mason and Graef during the school day. While Mason presented her works to students, Graef held impromptu art classes in the breezeway.

James Burns, a second grade student, lit up the hallways of TBE with his electric guitar. His spot-on rendition of Ozzy Osborne’s ‘Crazy Train’ impressed parents and students alike.

James Burns, a second grade student, lit up the hallways of TBE with his electric guitar. His spot-on rendition of Ozzy Osborne’s ‘Crazy Train’ impressed parents and students alike.

She drew outlines of some of Mason’s artwork, and students spent their recess time coloring in the drawings.

Both author and artist were impressed with the event. “It’s important to let kids express themselves,” notes Graef. “An event like this allows them to express their creativity and show-off a little for their parents.”

Mason agrees, and appreciates the efforts the faculty, staff and parents of TBE students – some who

Lainie performs on the violin for parents and fellow students.

Lainie performs on the violin for parents and fellow students.

stood in line for at least an hour to meet with her and have her sign their book.

“I write and illustrate picture books because I know this to be a very important media,” Mason says. “You see, picture books are a child’s first exposure to art and literature —  powerful ju-ju in our world of ever accelerating technology.”

“It’s clear TBE honors the power of the arts to provide a complete education,” she adds.

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